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In March 2021, there were calls for the All-Star Game to be moved from Atlanta, in protest of the Georgia State Legislature's passage of the Election Integrity Act of 2021. The bill contains various provisions that impact how elections are conducted in the state; some of these provisions have been considered by many on the political left to have a disproportionate impact on certain communities, such as African Americans and Hispanic Americans, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark stated that he was "very much aware" of the issue, and that he was willing to discuss the matter with Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred.
The venue for each All-Star Game is chosen by an MLB selection committee. This choice may be made to commemorate a particular historical occasion, the opening of a new ballpark, or a significant milestone. The criteria for choosing the venue are subjective; for the most part, cities with new parks and cities who have not hosted the game in a long time – or ever – tend to be favored. The venues among the major league franchises: between 1964 and 2015, five teams hosted 3 times, 13 teams twice, ten teams once, and two teams not at all. The "home team" is the league in which the host franchise plays its games. Through the 2018 season, the American League has hosted 43 times, and the National League has hosted 46 times. Traditionally, the game alternates between the two leagues from year to year with six exceptions: (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
In 2008, Jason McLaughlin began his professional career in the baseball realm starting as an Instructor at the MLB Urban Youth Academy. As an infield instructor, McLaughlin coached many current MLB and MILB players. Beginning in 2013, McLaughlin furthered his baseball career scouting MLB, professional, and amateur players. During this time, he worked with the Blue Jays and the New York Mets. McLaughlin was part of the 2016 New York Mets National League Championship Scouting Staff, and while working for the New York Mets as an area scout, McLaughlin signed Jake Ortega, Catcher from California State University at Bakersfield, in the 2019 MLB Draft. McLaughlin has scouted many SoCal MILB and MLB players throughout his career.
As of 2019, one Major League Baseball franchise has never hosted an All-Star Game: the Tampa Bay Rays. The Miami Marlins hosted for the first time in 2017 following the 2012 opening of Marlins Park, although Miami was initially scheduled to host in 2000, MLB eventually moved the game to Atlanta. All-Star games have been played in D.C., hosted by both incarnations of the Washington Senators (now known as the Minnesota Twins and as the Texas Rangers), as well as by the Washington Nationals in 2018. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)