MLB commits up to $150M US to Players Alliance in effort to increase Black representation
Commissioner Manfred announces largest charitable commitment in league history
Major League Baseball will give at least $100 million US over 10 years to the Players Alliance and help raise an additional $50 million US aimed at increasing the number of Blacks playing the sport and eventually making the big leagues.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the decision before Monday night's All-Star Home Run Derby, saying it would be the sport's largest charitable commitment.
MLB has announced its commitment of up to $150 million to the Players Alliance over 10 years, the largest financial commitment in MLB history, with the goal of improving investment in Black players and professionals across the sport. <a href="https://t.co/Ps6WHSIhGh">pic.twitter.com/Ps6WHSIhGh</a>—@MLB
"We want young people — period — playing the game, particularly young people of colour," Manfred said at a Coors Field news conference.
Manfred was joined by Bo Bichette, Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader, Tim Anderson, Mark Melancon, Alex Reyes, Marcus Semien, Taijuan Walker and Zack Wheeler; former players Curtis Granderson, Dave Roberts, CC Sabathia and Reggie Smith; and Colorado Rockies owner Dick Montfort and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Mark Walter.
The Players Alliance was launched last year, and MLB and the Major League Players Association announced a $10 million US commitment last September. In addition, 500 players donated all or a portion of their salaries on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day.
Twenty-four major leaguers participated in a program with 150 children Monday.
"This is about getting kids that maybe wouldn't be able to play baseball, the opportunity to play baseball," Montfort said. "This was a big ask for owners to give up this money, even though it comes from central baseball. Central baseball is owned by the 30 clubs."