Major League Baseball won’t admit to the mistakes it is making in pushing performative social justice, no matter how silly it makes the league look.
MLB moved its All-Star festivities out of Atlanta last year after Democrats whined and wailed over the state’s voting reforms. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “We proudly used our platform to encourage baseball fans and communities throughout our country to perform their civic duty and actively participate in the voting process.”
What do Georgia’s elections look like now with those “restrictions” that Manfred and the league so bravely opposed? More than 857,000 ballots were cast during the early voting period, nearly three times the amount cast during the 2018 midterm elections. Georgians are turning out in record numbers because the “voter suppression” tantrum launched by Democrats was never about voter suppression.
The MLB has been silent about those turnout figures. The league spurned Georgia because “it was the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport,” costing the mostly Democratic, 28% black Cobb County some $100 million in potential tourism revenue in the process. And it was all done in service of a mythical Democratic talking point.
The woke pandering hasn’t ended, though. The league suspended Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees for comments that were “disrespectful and in poor judgment.” Donaldson jokingly referred to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox as Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke the color barrier.
Why did Donaldson do that? Because Anderson told Sports Illustrated in 2019 that “I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson” and that he was breaking the “have-fun barrier.” It was a remarkably silly comparison, and Donaldson was simply poking fun at Anderson comparing himself to a historic MLB figure.
But Donaldson is white and Anderson is black, so this is “racism” in the warped mind of White Sox manager Tony La Russa and his team, so Donaldson must be punished. (A one-game suspension is more of a punishment than any Houston Astros player got for cheating, in case you’re wondering where the league’s priorities are).
Manfred and MLB leadership think that their actions are somehow contributing to racial justice. Instead, they are making a mockery of real instances of racism and reflexively jumping into partisan battles and ridiculous controversies just because someone cries racism. MLB leadership wants to look woke, but their actions repeatedly make them look weak and easily manipulated.