The Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox will join opposing teams and sit out tonight.
A joint statement from both club’s reads, in part: “The continued police brutality and social inequity demand immediate attention and focus from all of us – not only Black Americans and Canadians.”
“We fully respect the decision of our players to bring further awareness to the systemic racism that continues to contribute to police violence against Black, Indigenous and people of colour in our communities.”
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports, after an active discussion, the Blue Jays collectively voted to play tonight’s game but respected the Red Sox decision to hold out, which led to the postponement.
The move follows several other teams from different leagues including the NBA, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), that have decided to postpone its scheduled games.
Following a day in which three MLB games were postponed, at least four games will not be played tonight:
– Red Sox-Blue Jays
– Rangers-A's https://t.co/7ovJV6KM3Q
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 27, 2020
Speaking on Wednesday, Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez said the players didn’t have time to gather and discuss sitting out last night’s game, but confirmed the club was set to speak today.
Tellez says he had a moving conversation with now former teammate, Anthony Alford, about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I told him every time: ‘I will never understand what it’s like to be an African American in the United States, but if I can be as knowledgeable as I can, that’s the best that I can do for you as a brother of mine.”
Tellez went on to tell Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News that the team will continue to have these types of conversations.
“It’s something that’s definitely is a very heavy point in all of the world right now and something we need to discuss as a team moving forward.”
This is the first game the Blue Jays will sit out as part of BLM.