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.”