MLB Will Allow Black Lives Matter Patches on Jerseys

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MLB Pitcher Sean Doolittle says he and his World Series champion Washington Nationals team may take a knee to show solidarity with social justice advocacy in Thursday's league opening game against Yankees.

Major League Baseball players have the option of having a patch with ''Black Lives Matter'' or ''United For Change'' on a jersey sleeve on opening day of the pandemic-delayed season, and Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle says his team is considering whether to take a knee in support Thursday night.

World Series champion Nationals hosts the New York Yankees in the big league opener.

''I've been considering it, especially here over the last week. But as a team, we're having conversations in our clubhouse over the last two days. I know the Yankees are doing the same thing,'' he said Wednesday. ''I think it's really important for for us as a league to echo what other sports leagues have done so far. We've seen the MLS. We've seen NASCAR. We've seen Formula One make really powerful statements.''

Teams have the option of stenciling an inverted MLB logo with ''BLM'' or ''United for Change'' on the back of the pitcher's mound during opening weekend games. Washington opted for the MLB/MLB stencil.

''It's freedom of speech. It's the Bill of Rights. It's what the country's founded on, to be able to express yourself freely. So I think it's a wonderful thing,'' said Gerrit Cole, who makes his Yankees debut against Max Scherzer in the opener at Nationals Park.

After discussions among the commissioner's office and the Major League Baseball Players Association, The Players Alliance and individual players, each player may use a wristband with an inverted MLB logo in which the silhouetted batter is black, the first use of such a logo.

Each player also may use a Black Lives Matter batting practice T-shirt or a T-shirt designed or obtained by the player or his team.

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