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The Feds sue Arizona over the immigration law; 2011 All-Star Game likely saved

Jul 6, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

As we have reported ad nausuem, the new Arizona immigration law has created a ruckus in baseball
circles.  Most of that ruckus has surrounded the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Chase Field. Multiple players have gone on record against the law with some — including the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez — saying that they’d boycott the game if the law was in effect.

Today comes a new development along those lines: the U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the law an unlawful usurpation of federal power. This will do absolutely nothing to calm the general controversy over the law. Quite the opposite, actually, as lawsuits tend to focus the ire of partisans on both sides of a given issue.

But is should solve baseball’s little P.R. problem.  That’s because the feds are asking for an injunction suspending implementation of the law until the lawsuit is decided. Such injunctions are almost always granted, especially with respect to laws — like this one — that aren’t even in force yet.

The lawsuit is likely to last a long damn time.  Certainly longer than a year, which will give baseball plenty of time to get the 2011 All-Star Game in while giving all sides the chance to say “it’s in the courts, play ball.” The game will happen and baseball will set its sights on Kansas City in 2012.

Now let’s talk about what truly matters: who manages the 2011 NL All-Stars given that 2010 World Series champ manager Bobby Cox will be retired?

  1. Detroit Michael - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Bobby Cox will come out of retirement to wave his World Championship 2010 ring in front of Joe Girardi’s nose, Craig.
    In your dreams, anyway. ;-)

  2. Jonny5 - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    LMAO!!! Ok, that’s much better than Jerry Manuel, I’ll give you that much.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I’m a Mets fan, and an optimistic one at that, and even I can’t say that with a straight face.

  4. CYGNUS X-1 - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    fine the game will better without those people playing anyway.again I do not understand what is wrong with wanting to get people who are here illegaly and getting benefits without paying for them out is so wrong.anybody complaining about it never read the law.it does not give the police the right to walk up to anybody to demand thier papers.if you do something that requires law enforcement to get involved and you are legal you have nothing to worry about. hey I am white and I got pulled over and had my name ran thru the system and when it came back clean I got a warning to get the light above my plates fixed and told to have a nice day.does anybody ever check that by the way?annoying yes but I had nothing to worry about.because I am legal!

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