UPDATE: The Mariners released a statement in support of the players’ decision.
The Seattle Mariners decided as a team to not play Wednesday evening’s road game against the San Diego Padres. The decision comes in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Mariners have the largest number of Black players in a league that has seen that number decline in recent years.
The Mariners players’ decision comes following an afternoon of unprecedented collective action in the NBA and MLB. The Milwaukee Bucks players elected not to play in their Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, and that led to all three Wednesday games being postponed as players elected not to play. This was followed by the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds agreeing to postpone their Wednesday game.
Other baseball teams are considering their options, while NBA players are expected to meet Wednesday evening to figure out next steps.