Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have teamed up to commit $10 million towards increasing Black American representation in baseball. The two sides will work with The Players Alliance, an organization of more than 100 current and former baseball players, to create different programs and initiatives that will help them accomplish their goal.
"As the stark racial minority in all aspects of our game, The Players Alliance has given a voice and platform to our Black players, unified in our stance against systemic racism," Players Alliance President Curtis Granderson said.
"We stand together for what is right and to change our game for the better. The power of our player membership, including our non-Black teammates, coupled with the support of MLB and the Players Association, gives us the unique ability to create increased opportunities for the Black communities we care so much about."
Through their partnership, The Players Alliance will receive annual grants through 2024 aimed at increasing player led mentorship programs as well as equipment donations. Also, The Players Alliance will use the annual grants to found baseball leagues, build partnerships with Black-owned businesses and offer scholarships.
"Major League Baseball is committed to enacting positive changes within our sport to mirror those we hope to see in society," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said.
"We believe that the efforts led by The Players Alliance will complement existing diversity initiatives and accelerate progress that will be beneficial for our game."
The Players Alliance will be governed by a number of former players including Granderson, C.C. Sabathia and Edwin Jackson. The organization will also have an active player advisory board that includes Jason Heyward, Dee Gordon, Tim Anderson and Andrew McCutchen among others.
"We look forward to working with The Players Alliance and MLB to make lasting changes and to have a substantive impact in this important area," MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark added.
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