MLB Union Not Protesting All Star Game

With over a quarter of major league baseball being Hispanic, it was thought that some players would sit out the 2011 All Star game due to Arizona’s controversial Immigration Laws.

According to Fox Sports, the head of the MLB players union, Michael Weiner, issued a definitive no-protest statement yesterday:

“Our nation continues to wrestle with serious issues regarding immigration, prejudice and the protection of individual liberties. Those matters will not be resolved at Chase Field, nor on any baseball diamond; instead they will be addressed in Congress and in statehouses and in courts by those charged to find the right balance among the competing and sincerely held positions brought to the debate.”

Many grassroots organizations will be mounting protests outside of Chase Field during the three-day events. One organization said that they were disappointed that the MLB players weren’t taking a stand.

“America’s pastime plays such a significant role, especially in the Latino community. But still there has been deafening silence from Commissioner Selig on the issue,” says Clarissa Martinez, director of the National Council of La Raza.

It is clear that a protest is a line that some players are uncomfortable and unwilling to cross. Only a few outspoken players such as Adrian Gonzalez — who told AOL a year ago that he would forgo the All Star game — are even willing to speak on the issue.

Should baseball get involved in Arizona’s Immigration law issue? Or say “Here’s some money for charity — but take a stand on a real issue? No thank you.”

A Mets fan since she was born. The next year the Mets won the ’86 World Series, forever cementing her allegiance. Jessica is a marketing coordinator for a high end digital communications firm in New York. She is interested in traveling to cities and baseball parks across the country while sporting orange and blue wherever she goes.
  1. Davis July 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    MLB is taking a stand. They are supporting the law because it is the right thing to do. Illegal immigration is no bueno.
    • Joe July 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm
      The law does muy little to address illegal immigration and if doing nothing supports the law, MLB should help the fans out and list all the laws they “support” in this fashion.
  2. Gary S. July 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm
    Politics should have no place on this blog.I come here to get away from al that bs.Joe, please no more of this stuff on the blog.Let’s stick to baseball and the Mets
  3. Vance July 10, 2011 at 9:59 am
    Perhaps the real debate is how significant MLB is on the national stage.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. once said he could not have done what he did if Jackie Robinson had not done what he did.

    The extension is how utterly significant MLB was. Is it still? No. Not by a long shot. Too many varied ways for the populace getting news and being informed/impacted. Too many other sports choices. Too many other forms of celebrity.

    For the athlete:
    Why bother? Making a stand/statement would probably be received well in his home country. It might be a great story for a couple of weeks in the U.S. It might also cost millions in endorsement deals because he actually took a stand instead of being *completely* vanilla and enjoying appeal across all demographics.

    To be honest, taking that same endorsement money and spending it on charities, or paying for some type of an educational program might be more influential and have a much more lasting impact than a few inflammatory lines of print.

    For MLB as an industry:
    Why oh why would you do **anything** to alienate the ever expanding Latino presence/influence/market or alienate any whities north of the border? Again, vanilla gets you more money.

    What’s to be gained anyway? Blatantly endorsing something vilified as “racist” when trying to expand Baseball’s influence internationally doesn’t make sense.

    The President sued Arizona. He enacted legislature nationalizing the Student Loan industry six months before championing legislation making anyone in college a citizen.

    His agenda is quite obvious. Why would MLB directly challenge the Executive Branch’s agenda in the name of upholding the law? According to the Constitution, that’s the Executive Branch’s job.

    For me personally:
    If people weren’t smuggling drugs, guns and other people across the border and killing citizens of the United States of America, the only problem would be economic. There are more fundamental issues with the National economy than the stereotypical illegal immigrant working as a migrant farmer, landscaper or housekeeper.

    I have my drivers license on me all the time. Whenever I or someone else is stopped by police for whatever, they take the license and they run it through their little machine. I’ve got Casper the Friendly Ghost skin, and the other Caspers I hang out with get the exact same treatment.

    That law is in response to violence against American citizens, not racism. I don’t think having ID on you is too much to ask.

    I’m a random shlub. I’m not up for millions in endorsements. I’m not trying to expand a multi-billion dollar industry. I’m not trying to expand myself as a brand of any sort. I have nothing more on the line than someone else telling me I’m wrong (which is fine as long as you acknowledge I have the right to my own opinion and an equal voice in elections).

  4. gary s. July 10, 2011 at 10:23 am
    As per the above, i rest my case.This is a mets blog, folks.Everybody has an opinion on the above situation.Why do we have to become social pariah’s if we disagree with a prevailing opinion?Let’s stick to baseball.
    • Joe July 10, 2011 at 11:29 am
      So, if Jackie Robinson is discussed in a baseball blog, it should only be about his baseball talents?
  5. Jessica Estremera July 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead