MLB’s Brewers Leads Boycott To Protest Jacob Blake Shooting
After the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks bravely boycotted their Wednesday game to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, several international sports teams followed through and called off their games in the name of solidarity. One of them was the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers boycotted their 2020 MLB game schedule against the Cincinnati Reds to join the Bucks in protest. The Brewers were set to meet the Reds at 7:10 p.m. at Miller Park yesterday. Players from the Reds wholeheartedly agreed to Brewers’ decision and joined them. Some MLB players also opted to sit out on Wednesday night despite their teams still playing to honor the protest.
“The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided to not play tonight’s baseball game. With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression,” Brewers and Reds said in a combined statement.
Due to the boycott, the league now has three games on its Wednesday schedule postponed. The rest of the league’s playoff schedule for that day was called off. Additionally, the LA Angels game in Houston against the Astros was also recently postponed because of Hurricane Laura.
Here’s the list of MLB games currently postponed as a sign of protest:
MLB: Cincinnati Reds vs Milwaukee Brewers
MLB: Seattle Mariners vs San Diego Padres
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
The league, despite the toll, respected the players’ decision to boycott the games. The MLB released the following statement last Wednesday:
“Given the pain in the communities of Wisconsin and beyond following the shooting of Jacob Blake, we respect the decisions of a number of players not to play tonight. Major League Baseball remains united for change in our society and we will be allies in the fight to end racism and injustice.”
At press time, the MLB will continue the next games on the schedule. Seattle is scheduled to play a Thursday day game in San Diego before traveling to Anaheim to meet with the Angels in a four-game series.