Just hours away from game time, Seattle Mariners players have decided to boycott tonight’s game.
Following the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic earlier today, the Mariners will not play a game scheduled in San Diego tonight.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 27, 2020
The Mariners, who have the most Black players of any team in MLB, are boycotting following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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According to San Diego Padres beat writer Kevin Acee, Padres players Austin Hedges, Tommy Pham, and Manny Machado met with Kyle Seager, Shed Long and Marco Gonzales from the Mariners to make the final decision.
The Mariners have voted to not play tonight.
Austin Hedges, Tommy Pham and Manny Machado just met with Kyle Seager, Shed Long and Marco Gonzales.
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) August 26, 2020
Since the announcement, the players in the bullpen have left the field which has since been cleaned up.
The Mariners that were in the bullpen have left and gone back inside the clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/BFj8ZY88fx
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) August 26, 2020
— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) August 26, 2020
The Mariners-Padres game is the second MLB game to be postponed today due to the Jacob Blake shooting, following the boycott by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.
There are serious issues in this country. For me, and for many of my teammates, the injustices, violence, death and systemic racism is deeply personal. This is impacting not only my community, but very directly my family and friends. Our team voted unanimously not to play tonight
— Dee Gordon (@FlashGJr) August 26, 2020
More to come…