Per a breaking report, the Texas Rangers-Oakland A’s game scheduled for Thursday has been postponed amid social justice protests.
The Milwaukee Bucks lit the sports world ablaze on Wednesday when they went on strike just prior to tipoff of their NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic in protest of the death of Jacob Blake at the hands of Kenosha County police officers. The Bucks’ protest sparked similar decisions across the sports world with the NBA, MLB, WNBA and MLS all postponing some or all of their contests scheduled for Wednesday. Much of the decision to halt sports in hopes to bring more attention to social justices issues within the US has carried over to Thursday with a report that the Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s will not play their game scheduled for this evening.
The first to break the news was Jeff Passan of ESPN who also cited a report that the Phillies and Nationals would not be playing their game either.
The Rangers and A’s were slotted to play last night as well, a game that went ahead as planned despite uncertainty that it would take place. Per reports from local writers, there were discussions about postponing last night’s contest with questions about whether it would be played going almost up until time for first pitch, when Kolby Allard took the mound.
The decision to postpone Thursday’s game comes after a trio of MLB games were postponed on Wednesday with the Brewers, Reds, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers and Giants all opting to hold off on playing in favor of bringing attention to issues regarding race in the country today.
This was the scheduled fourth game of a four-game series between Oakland and Texas. The two teams have one more series scheduled this season, a home series for the Rangers set for September 11-13. Both clubs are set to be off on Monday, September 14 before embarking on road trips with Texas heading to Houston on Tuesday and the A’s going to Colorado. The club’s could also makeup tonight’s game by adding it to one of the three days in their future series creating a doubleheader.