MLB, MLBPA Donating $10 Million To The Players Alliance

Major League Baseball and its Players Association jointly announced they have committed $10 million to help fund innovative programs designed by The Players Alliance to improve representation of Black Americans in all levels of baseball.

With so much attention being given to racial justice in recent months, these efforts are intended to improve access to the sport in the Black community as far as youth participation and in front office career opportunities.

The Players Alliance is a nonprofit organization comprised of active and former MLB players, including Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts.

“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,” The 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.”

The joint grants will be delivered annually through 2024 and will help The Players Alliance with some plans on player-led mentorship programs, increased participation in baseball among Black youths and young adults, increased Black business partnerships and employment in the game, scholarship programs for the Black community, and much more.

“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.”

Betts, other Players Alliance members donate Jackie Robinson Day salaries

The Players Alliance has been doing some great work in recent months, including all members deciding to donate their salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to combat racial inequality.

While Betts is still working to finalize plans for his own actions to combat racial injustice, it is clear The Players Alliance’s mission is something he is very passionate about and will continue to work with for many years to come.

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