Gabe Kapler explains his ‘responsibility’ to amplify Black voices


On Monday night, before the Giants-A’s game in Oakland, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several Giants players knelt during the national anthem. They did so again on Tuesday before the Giants-A’s game at Oracle Park in San Francisco. While former 49ers quarterback Colin Kapaernick and former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell led the way in this particular form of protest against racial injustice, Kapler was the first manager or coach in major American sports to do so.

Following his taking a knee, Kapler explained the “responsibility and opportunity” he says he has to amplify the voices of Black people. Here are some of his comments along those lines:

“I’ve had conversations with my family, conversations with friends around the game and people from other organizations. And one of the things that I heard and continue to hear is that we have an opportunity – and when I say ‘we,’ I mean people in positions of authority in sports, people in positions of privilege in sports – have both the responsibility and an opportunity to amplify the voices of Black people. To amplify the voices of marginalized groups, and groups that in many ways are asking for our partnership. I take that responsibility pretty seriously. I have a lot to learn and a lot of listening to do, but I also feel like it’s the right time to speak loudly in sports while all eyes are on us.”

Listen to Kapler say so himself here:

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.