On Wednesday, August 26th, the sports world, not just Major League Baseball, saw postponements of games amid a protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer. Blake was shot seven times but remains alive after a dispute in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Major League Baseball has seen protests alongside the NBA as well as the NHL.
While the Major League Baseball protests were initiated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, who postponed yesterday’s game, things have changed and today saw more postponements. Yesterday saw three postponements as a result of the protest across Major League Baseball.
Statement from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/jyDdZJ7fN7
— MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2020
The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros game had already been postponed amid concerns regarding Hurricane Laura. Today’s slate saw fifteen games on tap, seven of them being postponed. FIX THIS
Here is how the two days shaped out for postponement:
Wednesday, August 26th
- Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers
- Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros*
- Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants
- Seattle Mariners vs. San Diego Padres
Thursday, August 27th
- Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays
- Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
- Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
- Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets
- Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers
- Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers
- Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
**Note: The only teams that played on Thursday were the Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants, Mariners, Padres, Pirates, and Reds.
After looking at this list, it is easy to see that the teams who sat out to protest on Wednesday would play doubleheaders on Thursday. Organizations like the St. Louis Cardinals may not be able to afford to miss a game after they already have one incredible task ahead of them after suffering through the COVID-19 issues they had.
However, that is not important; the more prominent topics for discussion are social justice and the protest that is resulting from it. Today was just another day for the teams around Major League Baseball to partake in the demonstrations that are making waves in the sports world.
Current and former Black MLB players of The Players Alliance announce they’ll donate salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to social justice causes pic.twitter.com/UnyagUbSoU
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 27, 2020
In a statement encapsulated by BleacherReport on twitter, members of the Players Alliance have collectively decided to donate their salaries on August 27th and 28th. It is a strong statement that was echoed across social media throughout Thursday’s interactions from players and personnel around Major League Baseball.