Lost amid all the criticism of @MLB for moving the All-Star game from Georgia to protest that state’s new voting law are some simple facts about what would have likely happened had MLB not done so, an informed source tells CNN.  1/
2/ MLB officials made the decision because if they didn’t then the decision would be left to individual players, individual All-Stars, some of whom no doubt would have individually boycotted the game themselves. 

In short: There was no way to avoid this becoming political.
3/ If MLB hadn’t acted, individual players would certainly have been asked from now until July whether they were boycotting or not.

It would have — arguably — become a bigger issue.
4/ So @MLB did what they thought was taking one for the team, as it were, trying to protect the individual players and to operate as a cohesive whole, the source tells CNN.

Whatever you think of the decision, that was part of the calculation.

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