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Report: Seattle Mariners will not play vs. San Diego Padres on Wednesday in protest

As a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake and growing protest, the Seattle Mariners have decided to not play Wednesday evening.

Tim Beckham of the Seattle Mariners wears Nike spikes and socks sporting the Mariners logo whiles standing on first base during a game against the Boston Red Sox at T-Mobile Park on March 31, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

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.