Former Yankee David Wells on Thursday blasted Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta, in protest of Georgia’s new GOP-led election reform bill.
The two-time World Series champion pitcher told Fox News Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show” that the move by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s has caused him to stop watching games.
“I’ve had a lot of dealings with Rob Manfred back in my playing days, and I never liked the guy,” Wells said during the interview.
“To me, how do you change the games, the dynamics, and hurt a city like Atlanta that really needs some income in that situation?” the left-handed hurler said on the show. “I mean, Atlanta’s a great place to play baseball.”
The controversial March measure tightened restrictions on absentee voting and allows the state to take control of local election systems.
The bill was seen by Democrats as a move to suppress minority votes in Georgia after the historically red state turned blue for 2020’s federal contests. Republicans claim the reforms improve election integrity.
MLB and the Players Association moved the 2021 Midsummer Classic out of the state after critics called on companies who do business in Georgia to protest the law.
Wells said that decision has convinced him to throw in the towel on America’s pastime.
“I don’t watch baseball anymore, Brian,” he said on the radio show. “I refuse to watch it because of this. I don’t want no part of it, and this was my life … For me not to want to go to a baseball game or even watch, it kills me, because I don’t put up with that kind of crap, and I don’t condone it.”
Wells, who once tossed a perfect game for the Bombers while “half-drunk,” told Kilmeade he would stage a protest of his own if he still played.
“If I was playing right now, Brian, I would not wear that Nike,” Wells said, over the apparel company’s deal with national anthem kneeler Colin Kaepernick.
“I would rip it off. I would cut a hole in my jersey, and not have Nike on anything, and if I got suspended, so be it.”
“It’s [Kneeling for the national anthem is] disrespecting our flag, it’s disrespecting our military guys, and I don’t stand for it,” Wells reportedly said.