If you went anywhere near social media on Tuesday, it was impossible to avoid the tough conversation of race in America. We here at Bleed Cubbie Blue tend to steer clear of political discourse, and we know that our readers appreciate it, but in the context of what’s happening in the country, it would be impossible to post about “what’s going on in the league” without talking about this.
Throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday, teams took to social media to take a stand against racism (here is the Cubs statement if you missed it), and most of the stories generated since then cover the difficult, and often tense discussion of racism.
Neither myself nor anyone at this website are here to push agendas, but “ending racism” seems to be something we can all agree on. And if you don’t want to hear it from me that’s okay, but Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs did a good job being brief about it.
And here are some more related stories from around baseball.
- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts points to poor leadership needing to listen to its citizens in times like these, writes Jorge Castillo.
- African American former MLB players spoke to Ken Rosenthal and Doug Glanville about the black experience in baseball and America. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Marc Carig calls out MLB for staying silent on race protests when it loves putting Jackie Robinson at the forefront of its April celebrations. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- At our Twins sister site Twinkie Town, Hayden Audette writes that sports should be the least of our worries right now.
- The Tampa Bay Rays are the first MLB team to pledge funds towards supporting the end of racial injustice.
Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, we have engaged in conversations with community leaders and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 2, 2020
The Rays and Rowdies are issuing the following statement: pic.twitter.com/FxCmKn8Jll
- Onward to different news... on the 10th anniversary of Armando Galarraga’s almost-perfect perfect game, Evan Petzold looks at what might have gone on in Jim Joyce’s head.
- Jay Jaffe reflects on the closure of baseball bar Foley’s.
- Len Dykstra is making up all sorts of stuff, like Ron Darling faking cancer, writes Craig Calcaterra. Don’t think the Mets will be sending him a Christmas card this year.
- And finally to wrap up with something a little lighter... here’s an adorable dog whose owner participated in Anthony Rizzo’s Chef Series.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.