Multiple MLB Games Reportedly Postponed in Protest After Jacob Blake ShootingAugust 27, 2020
Multiple MLB games scheduled for Thursday reportedly are being postponed amid widespread team protests against racial injustice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported the Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals game is being pushed back, and Jeff Passan of ESPN added the Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics game will also be postponed. The Boston Globe's Julian McWilliams reported the Boston Red Sox would not play the Toronto Blue Jays, either.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers will also not play their game. Jon Heyman of MLB Network noted the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks were also canceling their game.
The contest between the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays will be postponed, too, per Heyman.
Several MLB games were postponed Wednesday after the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks walked out on their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, creating a domino effect across sports.
The NBA subsequently postponed two other playoff games scheduled for Wednesday and three slated for Thursday as players considered whether to continue the 2020 postseason. The WNBA, MLS and tennis' Western & Southern Open followed suit by postponing play, and the NHL is reportedly likely to forgo games Thursday in solidarity.
MLB's decision to allow teams to individually make their decisions is at odds with every other major professional sports league and sends an arguably conflicting message.
Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times in the back Sunday as he leaned into the driver's side of his car, paralyzing him from the waist down. An attorney representing the Blake family said Blake was checking on his children, who were in the car, when he was shot.