The Mariners have the best illustration of Black gamers in MLB with 11 on the membership’s 40-man roster. Eight of them had been on the 28-man lively roster that was scheduled to play the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday night time.
They and their teammates selected to boycott the sport as a substitute.
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Seattle and San Diego took the night time off to point out solidarity with NBA gamers who earlier boycotted playoff video games to protest the police taking pictures of a Black man, Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin.
After the sport was postponed, Seattle gamers J.P. Crawford, Justin Dunn, Aaron Fletcher, Dee Gordon, Shed Lengthy, Justus Sheffield and Taijuan Walker spoke out on Twitter:
It’s refreshing to be aside of a gaggle of men which can be prepared to have these exhausting conversations. To appreciate the one actual solution to create change is to have these powerful discussions, study one thing chances are you’ll not have earlier than, then act.
— Aaron Fletcher (@Fletch_52) August 27, 2020
There are severe points on this nation. For me, and for a lot of of my teammates, the injustices, violence, dying and systemic racism is deeply private. That is impacting not solely my group, however very immediately my household and associates. Our group voted unanimously to not play tonight
— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) August 26, 2020
I like each single certainly one of my guys, so proud to be aside of this group! @Mariners
— Justus Sheffield (@Topsheff42) August 27, 2020
Different Black MLB gamers posted on social media, together with the Rockies’ Matt Kemp, who sat out his group’s sport in opposition to the Diamondbacks.
Tonight I stand with my fellow skilled athletes in protest of the injustices my individuals proceed to endure. I couldn’t play this sport I like a lot tonight figuring out the harm and anguish my individuals proceed to… https://t.co/nxUt02S64v
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) August 26, 2020
Ending police brutality is extra vital than sports activities
— Cole Tucker (@cotuck) August 26, 2020
The Brewers and Reds determined earlier Wednesday to boycott their sport in Milwaukee, and the Dodgers determined to hitch the Giants in not taking part in their sport in San Francisco.