David Price Irked By Lack Of Teams Playing On Jackie Robinson Day
MLB has honored the late Jackie Robinson's legacy every April 15 since '04 by having every player wear his No. 42, but the fact that "only 10 games were played Monday rankled" Red Sox P David Price, according to Peter Abraham of the BOSTON GLOBE. Price tweeted, "Everyone plays on that day next year, deal? No one should have an off day, let alone 10 teams!!" Price said that he "passed along his concerns" to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred during a telephone call, and in person to MLBPA Exec Dir Tony Clark (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/18). Price said, "I saw Tony Clark when I was eating lunch today and I told him. I spoke to Manfred on the phone today. And I told him. That's all I can do." He added, "Ten teams were off on Jackie Robinson Day. It's April 15 every single year. That's a problem." Red Sox manager Alex Cora supported Price's concerns, saying it "makes sense" for everybody to play that day. Cora: "The league will take a look at it and maybe he's right about this and the league will make an adjustment" (Lawrence EAGLE-TRIBUNE, 4/18).
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: In Tampa, Ernest Hooper reported the Rays "will salute Robinson on Saturday" since the team did not play on Monday. Teams that were off on Monday "chose to salute Robinson on Tuesday, but the Rays shifted its day to Saturday to make a bigger impact" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/16).