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The editorial board of the 175-year-old Boston Herald, one of the oldest papers in America and the winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes, published an op-ed Wednesday calling for Major League Baseball to suffer tangible consequences for its “spectacular display of virtue signaling.”

And by tangible consequences, the editorial board of the Boston Herald meant the revocation of the league’s prized antitrust exemption.

“The MLB chose to politicize baseball by aligning its placement of the All-Star Game with the Democratic agenda. The move will cost its former host state about $100 million — money the state sorely needs as it struggles to recover from the revenue-gutting hit of the coronavirus pandemic,” the board wrote.

It added, “The anti-trust exemption for Major League Baseball has been debated for years — it’s time to end the league’s special status. As its recent actions have shown, it’s not just a sport.”

Like virtually every other institution in America, Major League Baseball now appears to be nothing more than just another branch of the Democrat Party. The evidence of this can be seen on the league’s own website.

In a news report/press release published last Friday, the MLB explained its decision to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft by citing the words of Democrat President Joe Biden.

“The decision comes a little more than a week after the passage of S.B. 202, a Georgia law that President Joe Biden criticized earlier this week, saying that it will restrict voting access for residents of the state. … In criticizing the law, President Biden said that it is ‘a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience,’ adding that provisions of S.B. 202 ‘effectively deny the right to vote to countless voters,’ the report read.

But the allegations Biden has made about S.B. 202 have all been lies — lies that the MLB has eagerly consumed hook, line and sinker.

“Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement last week.

Fact-check: FALSE.

“Misinformation about the details of the voting law are widely touted as fact, and corporations have dutifully jumped on the condemnation bandwagon,” the Boston Herald’s editorial board noted.

It added, “Provisions of the law actually expand voting access — as weekend voting will jump from one weekend day to two Saturdays, with the option of two Sundays as well. And no, grandma won’t die of thirst while waiting to vote. That matters little to the outrage machine.”

Nor does the MLB seem at all concerned with the economic repercussions of its decision.

“The ‘estimated lost economic impact’ from the relocation is more than $100 million, according to a statement from Holly Quinlan, president and CEO of Cobb Travel and Tourism,” the board confirmed..

This is ironic because the basis for this move is the claim that S.B. 202 is a Jim Crow-esque law that restricts the voting rights of minorities. This, of course, is a lie. Another lie is the suggestion that relocating the All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Denver, Colorado, is an example of the league standing up for black people.

The fact is, Atlanta boasts a far larger black demographic than Denver, meaning the MLB’s move will wind up hurting black people:

But again, none of this seems to matter to the MLB, or really anybody or any other institution that bases its “truth” on the rhetoric of the Democrat Party — and not on the actual facts.

The question now is whether the MLB’s embrace of the Democrat Party’s lies makes it deserving of having its antitrust exemption nixed. The Boston Herald’s editorial board believes it does, in part because it’s “sweeping” privilege not shared by any other sport.

“MLB got the antitrust exemption after a 1922 Supreme Court decision ruled that the league is a sport and not a business. The National Football League, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League don’t have the same sweeping exemption, though the NFL has limited antitrust exemption,” according to the board.

What remains to be seen is whether Republicans can get it done. They seem confident that they can:

Yet without control of the House, the Senate or the White House, it’s not clear if they truly can.

Vivek Saxena

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