NBA and NFL players have been more visible in protests against racism than MLB players. In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, his daughter, Sharon Robinson spoke at the MLB’s celebration of the 71st anniversary of the year he broke color barriers in the league and said there’s a reason why MLB players of today are not as outspoken as her father was. She said it’s more difficult for black baseball players to engage in protests because they are outnumbered in the baseball league.
“I don’t think they have much choice,” Robinson told the NY Daily News. “They are in the minority. In football and basketball where you have a group and you can take a group action. Baseball players, if they speak out individually, they could be the only African-American player on their team and it could be a difficult spot for them to be in.”
Jackie Robinson was active in Civil Rights Movement and fought to desegregate baseball parks, Southern states where they held training camp and rallied for more African American employment.
Since there is a lack of representation, Robinson said MLB players contribute to the cause in different ways.
“Baseball players do that through their own charities or work within communities that they’re playing. They’re in a much more difficult position to do something collectively. They collectively acknowledge we need to put more effort into reaching kids with color, and at this point, that’s as collective as we’ll see from them.”