After a number of Major League Baseball teams agreed to boycott their games on Wednesday, more teams are following suit.
Among other organizations, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to postpone their match scheduled for Thursday.
“The continued police brutality and social inequity demand immediate attention and focus from all of us – not only Black Americans and Canadians,” reads a joint statement from both teams.
“We fully respect the decision of our players to bring further awareness to the systemic racism that contributes to police violence against Black, Indigenous, and people of colour in our communities. We look forward to getting back on the field, and using our strongest platform, our game, to amplify our message demanding meaningful change.”
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 27, 2020
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Other games to be cancelled include a match between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins:
Tonight’s game between the Tigers and Twins has been postponed and will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 1:10 p.m.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 27, 2020
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 27, 2020
The Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers:
From the players of the Oakland A’s pic.twitter.com/0JEDBmuL8Z
— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) August 27, 2020
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 27, 2020
And the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies:
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 27, 2020
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 27, 2020
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds became the first team in MLB to boycott a game in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Wisconsin.
That move followed the lead of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, who walked off the court in protest moments before their playoff game was set to begin. Games have since been boycotted and postponed in the LMB, MLS, as well as a WTA tournament and the WNBA.