Gallardo would boycott ‘11 All-Stars over Arizona immigration law, other players voice concern

By Ben Walker, AP
Monday, July 12, 2010

Gallardo would skip All-Stars in Arizona over law

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yovani Gallardo is firm. Even if he’s fortunate enough to make the All-Star team again next summer, he’ll skip it.

The Milwaukee Brewers pitcher says Monday he’ll boycott the game if it is in Arizona.

A year before Phoenix is set to host baseball’s big event, the state’s new immigration law kept drawing the attention of major leaguers.

Tampa Bay reliever Joakim Soria said he would support a Latino protest and stay away. Detroit closer Jose Valverde can see himself steering clear, too.

About three dozen protesters held signs Monday one block from the hotel where Major League Baseball held its welcoming news conferences. The demonstrators said they had over 100,000 petitions asking commissioner Bud Selig to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Arizona.

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