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COMMENTARY: By moving the annual All-Star Game out of Atlanta, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred whiffed, accepting an ideological caricature of Georgia’s election law by its opponents.

Paul KengorFor an example of how poisonous politics can become, look at the rancid politicization of Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred pulled the annual All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of his unquestioned acceptance of one side’s ideological framing of Georgia’s new election-integrity law. That law seeks, among other things, something long supported by huge majorities of Americans of all races, colors or creeds: the common-sense step of requiring voters to provide some form of ID.

MLB actually believes in IDs, too. You need an ID to pick up your tickets or buy a beer at a baseball game. Here’s an experiment for you: Go to the pick-up window of your ballpark this summer and tell the ticket-person you forgot your ID. Good luck getting the tickets you paid for. And yet Major League Baseball cries foul if a state asks for your ID before you vote?  …