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MLB: The Players Alliance honors Black playmakers in baseball

Los Angeles, California (July 19, 2022) – As part of All-Star Week, The Players Alliance — a nonprofit founded in 2020 by Black current and retired professional baseball players to increase African American representation in the sport — held an inaugural “Game Changers Celebration,” seeking to honor Black playmakers in the game and in the community while raising awareness for the organization’s mission. Eight-time All-Star Darryl Strawberry, two-time All-Star Eric Davis, two-time softball Olympic medalist Natasha Watley and Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts made up the group’s first four honorees.

MLB Players Donate Game Day Salary to Mark the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Breaking the Color Barrier

New York, NY (April 14, 2022)—The Players Alliance, a nonprofit started by active and retired professional baseball players, announced commitments by players, coaches and staff to donate their game-day salary in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson...

M.L.B. Pledges Millions to Build Black Participation

"The league made a 10-year commitment to the Players Alliance that includes $10 million a year, plus an additional $5 million in matching contributions. Major League Baseball announced on Monday that it would donate up to $150 million to the Players Alliance, a...

100-plus donate JR Day salary to Alliance

"Dodgers left-hander David Price, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. are among more than 100 Major League players of all races and backgrounds who have pledged to donate their gameday salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to support The...

Players Alliance Gives Back on 33-City Tour

"Cross-country tour provides COVID-19 supplies, baseball gear to Black communities A big black semi-trailer truck full of gear and cheer rolled into the Bronx on Tuesday, ready to deliver to those in need. Adorned with the logo of The Players Alliance, a nonprofit...

Players’ Alliance Gets $10 Million From M.L.B. and Union to Build Diversity

New York Times – "The money is a substantial boost to the 12-week-old group formed by current and former players to increase Black participation at all levels of the sport. Major League Baseball and the players’ union have pledged $10 million to the Players Alliance,...

R2C2 Celebrating 100 Years of Negro League History

Listen to R2C2 with hosts CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco as they are joined by the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Bob Kendrick, and MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson. In this episode, they discuss the importance of embracing the history of the Negro...

Baseball Mentorship Program Launch

Unlike any other mentor program in professional sports, The Players Alliance Baseball Mentorship Program is fully operated by our professional athlete committee members. Each is dedicated to using their personal time to inspire the next generation of Black players in...
Players Alliance Members Donating MLB Salaries

Players Alliance Members Donating MLB Salaries

"The Players Alliance, made up of more than 100 Black current and former MLB players, announced Thursday that its members will donate their salaries from Thursday's and Friday's games to the organization to support its efforts to combat racial inequality and aid Black...

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MLB Players Alliance Donate Salaries On Jackie Robinson Day

MLB Players Alliance Donate Salaries On Jackie Robinson Day

"The Players Alliance is a group of over 100 Black current and former baseball players, and on Thursday they announced collectively that they would be donating their salaries from the games on August 27 and 28 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball....

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Red Sox Black Lives Matter Movement Opening Day

Red Sox Black Lives Matter Movement Opening Day

"The focus of the ceremony then shifted from the coronavirus to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the announcer referenced Floyd's death, saying, "Yet while we were united against this microscopic virus, forces sought to divide us again. On the streets of...

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Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen acknowledging injustice

Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen acknowledging injustice

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "After he saw the video of a Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen felt compelled to do something. His first instinct was to kneel during the national anthem when baseball returned to the...

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MLB Tonight – A Conversation on Change

MLB Tonight – A Conversation on Change

MLB " As an ever-evolving game of adjustments, baseball is seeing another -- this one led by its players. While baseball was on hold and bigger issues, namely the fight for social justice, became a part of the national conversation, a number of behind-the-scenes...

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On Opening Day Support for Black Lives Matter

On Opening Day Support for Black Lives Matter

"WASHINGTON — The 200-yard black cloth stretched along the foul lines, starting at one edge of the outfield, wrapping around home plate and extending to the other side of the diamond. It was held by coaches and players from both the Washington Nationals and the...

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In case you missed it, Brewers Closer Devin Williams recently sat down with Russell Dorsey and discussed The Players Alliance and the importance of representation. Thank you @_dvn23 @russ_dorsey 🙌🏾 ...

Special announcement from The Players Alliance Founder Edwin Jackson:
Reposted from @ejack36 19 years ago today I was blessed with an opportunity to tie up my laces and step on the field to make my debut with Los Angeles Dodgers…today I am happily hanging up my cleats and closing a 22 year Basbeall career. I’m super grateful to have had 14 different organizations allow me the opportunity to represent them. I was once told by a mentor that you are only as strong as the team you have around you, and I have an amazing team. I want to start by thanking my wife. She’s been by my side through the ups and downs of this journey. I love you E! I want to thank my parents for always believing in me and always making ANY sacrifices that had to be made in order for me to be able to get out on the field and play. My sisters have always been in my corner no matter what and their love and support has never changed! Love all of yall! Thanks to my kids for being my biggest cheer squad. To my in-laws, friends, and other family members, all of y’all have been nothing short of amazing for all of the motivation throughout all of these years. I want to thank all of my coaches, trainers, and doctors, on the field and off, for all of the hours of hard work put in to help me have an amazing career. This game has taught me many life lessons and allowed me to evolve into the person I am today! I will forever have memories that will live within me from the game that I loved and dedicated my life to. Thank you baseball for an amazing life experience that I will never forget!!
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What keeps you inspired to do what you love? Our board members shared the important factors that kept them in baseball during a recent #Amplified panel. Check out the entire conversation with @jemelehill on our YouTube channel. Link in bio! ...

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