UPDATED with more postponements: Major League Baseball’s scheduled Oakland A’s-Texas Rangers game will not be played Thursday after players on both teams agreed to sit out to protest this past weekend’s police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI.
Later in the day, six more games — Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins-Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays-Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies-Washington Nationals and New York Mets-Miami Marlins — also were called off.
The decisions bring to 10 the number of MLB games to be postponed in the wake of protests by players in several pro sports leagues that began Wednesday with the Milwaukee Bucks’ players decision not to play their NBA playoff game. It prompted the cancellation of three games last night, and three more set for tonight.
The WNBA followed suit later in the day Wednesday, as did Major League Soccer which scrapped five of its six scheduled games.
The NBA said Thursday it will resume its postseason Friday after two days of postponed games as the league is in the midst of its postseason. The WNBA said today that its Thursday schedule has also been postponed. Major League Soccer games don’t resume until Friday.
In baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers-Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners-San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants games were postponed Wednesday evening. According to reports, the A’s and Rangers players had discussed doing the same last night; instead, players were given the choice to not play, an option nobody took.
“Social injustice and systemic racism have been part of the fabric of our lives for too long,” A’s players wrote in a statement. “We have a responsibility to use our platform, to lend our voices for those who are not being heard. We need to continue having uncomfortable conversations and work towards being a unified force for change. These conversations will push the boundaries and enable us to come through the other side with impactful results. All too often we hear about the plight of our fellow man and fail to act. It is long past due that these communities are being heard, seen, understood, and supported. We will not take the field tonight to help raise awareness for these social issues, not just tonight, but for our collective future. This is the first step in our relentless pursuit for meaningful change.”
The Rangers backed the A’s decision to not play tonight.
There were 14 games on the MLB schedule today, with doubleheaders scheduled for all three games postponed yesterday.
The pro sports league have been among the most visible in their reactions to the shooting of Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer in Kenosha, a city about 30 miles from Milwaukee. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.