Following the lead of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, who went on strike rather than participate in their postseason game against the Orlando Magic, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have decided not to play Wednesday night in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The MLB strike appears to be more isolated than the NBA, WNBA and MLS strikes – the Giants and Dodgers are joined by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, who also refused to play. Wednesday evening. MLB’s other Bay Area team, the Oakland A’s, chose to continue their matchup against the Texas Rangers.
Ahead of the scheduled first launch, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he had the “greatest respect” for the Bucks and other teams who “refuse to be silent on matters bigger than sport,” adding that “racism and police brutality are problems. which we are not going to be silent either. ”
There was a long period of uncertainty before the game was officially canceled, and there is now uncertainty over what will follow. MLB released a statement expressing support for players who chose not to play “tonight” but clarified that Wednesday’s games are only “postponed” – the same one-sided language the NBA used to co-opt, perhaps successfully, the sport professional athletes started earlier in the day.
Editor’s Note: This story originally included a quote from Dee Gordon, identifying him as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He currently plays for the Seattle Mariners.
Alex Shultz is the sports writer for SFGate. Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @AlexShultz