I’m told that @staceyabrams spoke to an @MLB senior adviser and “strongly” urged the league to keep the All-Star game in Atlanta before the decision to yank the event. She also argued against a boycott before MLB’s move in a @USATODAY op-ed and @AJC interview last week. #gapol
Per second source w/ @MLB: @StaceyAbrams didn’t talk to Commissioner @RobManfred, but she did talk to a senior league official before the announcement was made. In that conversation, she reiterated her position opposing boycotts, as she had said publicly the day before. #gapol
Also per @MLB source: League officials spoke to a range of politicians with different viewpoints — and the commissioner’s decision wasn’t based on any conversation w/ any elected official. #gapol

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