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PostPosted: Fri 8/7/20 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is disturbing. Oakland's bench coach, Ryan Christenson, made a Nazi salute on camera and joked about it, yesterday during their game against the Rangers. He did apologize later and said it was not intentional. How is that possible and what is wrong with people? The team also apologized for it.

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I am not sure if anyone else remembers him as a player, but he is from Redlands. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Fri 8/7/20 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My goodness, I do remember him. He was a Pepperdine Wave. That's unbecoming no matter what way you look at it but especially for someone from a faith based college.
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PostPosted: Mon 8/24/20 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I so did not want to have to bump this thread again for something like this, but another shooting--this one in Wisconsin--has caused an outcry and show of unity from Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

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PostPosted: Tue 8/25/20 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is sad no matter how many times these things happen & fortunately he is in stable condition. I pray they will end someday. Until then it is important for people whether players or fans to speak out.
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PostPosted: Wed 8/26/20 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa! Dodgers-Jints & Padres-Mariners are both canceled tonight due to protests about Jacob Blake shooting. (So are the NBA playoff games.) It's easy for someone to say it's bad to cancel games but the cause is more important. Now maybe this will wake some of the people up who keep playing this down. Here's an article from CBS Sports.
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PostPosted: Wed 8/26/20 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see you beat me here; was just coming over to post this. Nobody complained when we rescheduled games due to other national emergencies, and at some point this has to be seen as a national emergency, as it's experienced by people of color.

I hadn't heard about the Reds-Brewers, but it makes the most sense they would be first to cancel.

Nice to see Bison take a stand, too.
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PostPosted: Wed 8/26/20 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems to be all about solidarity. When players can come together regardless of what team they play for and realize it is about more than that but about their humanity, I see it as encouraging.
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PostPosted: Thu 8/27/20 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today 7 more games were canceled - article from mlb.com
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PostPosted: Fri 8/28/20 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So many different reports on discussions taking place among the teams.
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PostPosted: Sat 8/29/20 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very proud of our guys! I'm also proud of all other teams and anyone who is having an open & honest discussion about moving justice forward.
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PostPosted: Sat 8/29/20 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And more teams did so, last night, some of them in strikingly beautiful ways.
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PostPosted: Mon 8/31/20 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Shaikin's column yesterday in the L.A. Times discussed how the NBA has done a better job of promoting social justice than MLB has.
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PostPosted: Sun 9/6/20 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This topic is about scouts discussing the evaluation of black players in baseball. Things I never thought about such as the language scouts use to describe players are talked about here, also some of the roadblocks to getting players exposure. It mentions MLB's efforts like Play Ball, UYAs, and RBI program etc. which I think have all been good things but if there are obstacles like exposure those things need to be worked on too.

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PostPosted: Sun 9/6/20 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That does raise a lot of issues.

From today's L.A. Times:

"Dodgers Coach George Lombard Finds His Social Justice Voice Through his Mother"


By JORGE CASTILLO, STAFF WRITER
SEP. 3, 2020 6:30 AM UPDATED 1:30 PM

George Lombard doesn’t believe just speaking out about racial injustice will produce positive change. Plans are required. Discussions with leaders are necessary. The process will be arduous.

But the Dodgers’ first base coach and former major league player knows the platform provided in major professional sports is significant. And in recent months he has found that his voice resonates. Not because of his stature or accomplishments in his corner of the world. But because of his mother’s story.

Posy Lombard was a white woman from Massachusetts. She was also an activist who dedicated her life to fighting racism. As a college student in the 1960s, she traveled to the Jim Crow South to join civil rights protests. She was arrested multiple times. The FBI’s file on her was 300 pages long. She worked tirelessly within the movement and became friends with leaders, including the late Rep. John Lewis. Then she raised three biracial children on her own in Georgia.

Last Saturday was the 35th anniversary of her death from injuries sustained in a car crash. She was 41. Her middle son was days from his 10th birthday. For the next 3½ decades, as he became one of Georgia’s top high school football players, then a professional baseball player, then a coach, George Lombard didn’t dig into his mother’s past.

“I think a lot of this has had to do with finding myself, understanding my mom,” Lombard said in a recent telephone interview. “And when you lose a parent at that young age, as I’ve opened up and learned, you really shut down a lot of things. There was a lot of things that were never talked about. And I get very emotional talking about it, but it’s been like healing for me to talk and spend time with my brother and sister more.”

The journey began when he returned home in March from spring training unsure when the Major League Baseball season would resume. He was looking to spend time on bettering himself. He chose to improve his public speaking skills. He holds aspirations to become a major league manager. He figured having the ability to captivate an audience would help.

Before long, he realized his mother’s story could be an avenue to develop the skill.

Posy Lombard was a senior at Smith College, an all-women’s institution in western Massachusetts, when she left for Alabama and the front lines of the civil rights movement in 1965. She was arrested in Montgomery and spent a week in jail. She attended a speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery. After graduation, she went back to the South, this time to Mississippi, to continue her efforts. She was arrested and jailed again. She confronted armed members of the Ku Klux Klan.

George Lombard shared those details when he began calling friends to talk about his mother. At first, he spoke for five minutes and got stuck. He was up to 15 minutes by the end of the week. Then he addressed more than 100 high school athletic directors on a video call. He recalled it was emotional.
The feedback was “amazing.”

That was around the time George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck in late May. Lombard’s story about his mother became all the more relevant as protests surfaced around the country. Members of his mother’s high school class reached out. They wanted to put stories together of her. They ended up raising $10,400 and donated it to a charity Lombard and his siblings chose. He spoke at a company’s town hall event in front of 200 people and received another $10,400 for a charity of their choice.

Meanwhile, his voice was highlighted within the Dodgers organization. The team addressed the country’s events on video calls during the MLB shutdown and Lombard spoke about his mother. And yet, Lombard said, a sense of guilt surfaced. He wondered why he hadn’t done more to that point. He thought he should have been more aware of the subject earlier. Then he spoke with colleagues. They emphasized the value of his voice and perspective.

“They expressed to me: ‘George, you’re doing amazing work. The platform is only growing for you and it’s going to improve,’ ” Lombard said. “And that made me feel good.”

Last week, Lombard spoke with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Dodgers Foundation. The Dodgers Foundation later announced it was partnering with Lombard and the Posy Project, a fund created in his mother’s memory, to donate $42,000 in honor of Posy Lombard to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization based in Alabama combating mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality.

It’s more than Lombard ever envisioned happening just months ago. He sees it as just a start.

“It’s very important for me to continue to be educated,” Lombard said. “I think it’s important for all of us to be educated and learn more so we can teach others.”
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PostPosted: Sat 9/26/20 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux wants to make a positive difference in his hometown of Kenosha, WI, per this article from ESPN. I'm very encouraged by some of our players who recognize that just standing by and not trying to heal the community or bring some sense of listening and understanding isn't right.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/2/20 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bless him for caring. I'm happy he wants to use his platform for something good.
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PostPosted: Wed 3/10/21 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I decided to extend this thread from last year out to include future concerns about those in baseball responding to racism.


From the L.A. Times:

"Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Speaks Out on Surge of Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans"


By MIKE DIGIOVANNA, STAFF WRITER
MARCH 8, 2021 12:47 PM PT

PHOENIX — A rise in hate crimes toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to send an email to the entire organization decrying the wave of bullying and violence as “cowardice.”

Roberts, the son of a Japanese mother and Black father, said the email, the contents of which were first reported by the Athletic on Monday, was prompted not by a specific event but by “something that was on my heart that needed to be shared.” The five-paragraph note was sent earlier this spring.

“I just think there’s a lot of things going on inside and outside of our country toward Asians — racist, bullying acts,” Roberts said before Monday’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

“It obviously hit close to home for me, and I wanted to address it internally and show my support for the Asian Americans in our organization … just [to let them know] we’re all aware of it.”

The Times reported last week that in a survey of police departments in 16 major U.S. cities, the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, a research office at Cal State San Bernardino, found a total of 122 anti-Asian hate crimes last year — a 149% increase from the 49 in 2019.

The numbers climbed in 15 of the 16 cities, with New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and San Jose experiencing the most significant increases and their highest tallies in at least five years.

The rise in crimes, harassment and bigotry toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is almost certainly related to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China and which former President Trump took to calling the “Wuhan virus” and the “Chinese virus.”

Stop AAPI Hate, a tracker supported by Asian American advocacy groups, logged 1,990 anti-Asian harassment incidents and 246 assault cases in the first 10 months since it launched in March 2020.

“Unfortunately, anti-Asian sentiment is a part of American history (see 1880s, 1940s or the 1980s as examples) and it has resurfaced again during the pandemic, as some seem to blame the world’s problems on one ethnic group,” Roberts wrote in his email. “To blame Asian Americans at all for the global pandemic is just plain wrong.”

Roberts, who last summer supported his team’s refusal to play an August game against the San Francisco Giants in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin, wrote that he was “proud that the Dodgers organization, with its forward-thinking ways, has transformed its work environment by establishing better ways for all employees to be heard.”

He said Monday that his email was well-received throughout the organization.

“I think a lot of people felt heard and supported, and that was really important to me,” Roberts said. “It’s not right treating anyone of any race that way.”
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PostPosted: Thu 3/11/21 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers also issued their own statement condemning it, too. I wasn't sure but I'm proud to see they did confirm the Dodgers have had more players of Asian ancestry than any team. Here's what they posted.
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PostPosted: Sat 3/13/21 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is sad it has come down to this, where we are now so much more aware of these incidents than we used to be. Sad Good for Doc, though.
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PostPosted: Sat 3/20/21 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More statements about this from Doc.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/14/21 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With another horrible shooting in the news again--yet again in Minneapolis--the Twins canceled their home game on Monday.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/21/21 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Major League Baseball is becoming a force for change as players and others reacted to the George Floyd murder trial today. I was proud that the Dodgers made a statement to continue to work for justice. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed 4/21/21 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw mlb.com had posted a notice, and the Dodgers, too. Also saw the Jints had done the same. If there is anything I respect them for that would be it.
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