The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers opted to postpone tonight’s game as a protest in light of the recent Jacob Blake shooting.
The Minnesota Twins are currently 20-12 and hold a half-game lead on both the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, and they were looking to expand that lead with the series against the Detroit Tigers, starting tonight.
That game will no longer be tonight, as it is being postponed until a later date. The Twins, along with the Detroit Tigers, announced the decision via a quick statement on each team’s respective Twitter pages. Here was the Twins’ announcement:
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) August 27, 2020
And here is the announcement from the Detroit Tigers:
Tonight’s game between the Tigers and Twins has been postponed and will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 1:10 p.m.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 27, 2020
This game was postponed after several other postponements across the sports, with first one coming from the Game 5 postponement yesterday of the Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic NBA playoff game.
These postponements have come from the players making the decision to not as a sign of protest in regards to racial injustice, particularly the Jacob Blake shooting by police from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake was shot at seven times by officer Rusten Sheskey, paralyzing him.
The Twins’ players made the decision today after long conversations with their fellow teammates and coaches, and the organization itself “fully respects the decision” and supports the players.
The game is rescheduled for tomorrow, as the Twins will instead play a doubleheader tomorrow with two seven inning games, with the first one starting at 1:10 P.M. The starting pitchers will likely stay the same, so we hope to see if Randy Dobnak and Kenta Maeda can keep it rolling against the Tigers.