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Major League Baseball’s commitment to The Players Alliance a strong, necessary statement

On Monday afternoon in Denver, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred took the stage with Rockies owner Dick Monfort, former Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and former Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. MLB let the media know the commissioner was going to make a “significant announcement” before the Home Run Derby.

Significant was an understatement.

Major League Baseball committed at least $100 million across 10 years to The Players Alliance and will help raise an additional $50 million aimed at increasing the number of Blacks playing the baseball.

This commitment begins in 2023.

“This is about getting kids that maybe wouldn’t be able to play baseball, the opportunity to play baseball,” Montfort said.