Sentinel & Enterprise

Major Leagues should have moved All-Star game to China

- Peter Lucas COLUMNIST Email comments to: luke1825@aol.com.

Major League Baseball should have moved its All-Star game to Beijing.

That way MLB Commission­er Rob Manfred would have solidified the leagues’ growing interest in doing business with the Communist Chinese Party, which runs the country.

Instead, after pulling the July 13 game out of Atlanta in a misguided woke reaction to the enactment of a new voting rights law in Georgia, Manfred moved the game to Denver, which has much the same laws. Manfred’s move came after President Biden criticized the Republican-backed law as “Jim Crow on steroids,” although he misreprese­nted what was in the law, as did most Democrats and their propagandi­sts in the media.

Meanwhile, residents of Greater Atlanta, Democrats as well and Republican­s, just saw some $100 million in anticipate­d baseball related revenue disappear. Even the hometown Atlanta Braves opposed the move.

If Manfred were interested in becoming a true woke hero, he would already have had Beijing on the list of cities to host the game. Major League baseball is growing the game in China and is sucking up to the communists to get it done.

After all, why should all those billions in Chinese dollars go exclusivel­y to the NBA?

The secret to financial success for American corporatio­ns, executives and entities doing business in China is to be critical of alleged racism and human and civil rights violations in the United States, but not in China.

The executives and players at Delta, Coca Cola, Nike, the NBA and now MLB all understand that. That is why they say nothing about the Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong, or the existence of concentrat­ion camps, slave labor factories, as well as the lack of freedom in a totalitari­an country.

It is much safer and lucrative for these executives to falsely attack Republican­s on phony charges of racism and voter suppressio­n than it is to criticize the Chinese where there is no voting at all.

That way they ingratiate themselves not only with China Joe and leftist Democrats but also with China Xi and the Chinese communists

Anyone brave enough to stand up to this hypocrisy in the U.S. is canceled by the leftists and the press; in China protesters are not only canceled but disappeare­d as well. So the Democrats still have a way to go.

And it is not as though anyone suggested that Manfred hold the All-Star game in Tehran, Pyongyang or Moscow.

China is our friend. Just because it wants to overcome, overtake and overthrow our democracy, is no reason not to go there and make a buck. At least the slave laborers making sneakers have a job.

So, get a grip.

Besides, Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping would have loved hosting the

All -Star game. It would have been a first, the American pastime played in China. He would have thrown out the first ball, unlike China Joe who declined to do so at opening day for the Washington Nationals.

The Chicom leader could even have invited China Joe and Hunter Biden to attend as a sign of friendship and the softening the hardened relations between the two countries.

For China Joe and Hunter, it would have been like old times. This time, though, China Joe and Hunter would have been upgraded from Air Force Two, which they used in their 2013 trip to China, to Air Force One.

That trip was when Hunter accompanie­d the then-vice president to China where Hunter, using Joe’s name, conducted a series of lucrative deals which China Joe says he knew nothing about.

This time Hunter could have put together a deal where Chinese slave workers would make baseballs, gloves and bats and ship them to the U.S. with a cut, of course, going to “the big guy,” whoever he is.

Do not scoff. MLB like the NBA will soon be big business in China.

The MLB, seeking to become a fixture in Chinese sports, just signed a big three-year deal with Tencent, the Chinese media giant, to broadcast MLB games to China and other Asian markets.

It already has a baseball developmen­t program in place and has signed an agreement to relaunch the Chinese National Baseball League.

Jim Small, MLB’s head of internatio­nal business, said “baseball is perfectly suited for China. And there are 1.3 billion people in China who are baseball fans, they just don’t know it yet.”

Forget racist America. How do you say “Play ball” in Chinese?

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