Mets, Marlins leave Black Lives Matter shirt on home plate before exiting field

NEW YORK — Thursday’s baseball game between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins was one of seven postponed in the wake of the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this week. However, both teams made a silent statement before exiting the field, engaging in 42 seconds of silence before leaving a Black Lives Matters shirt on home plate.

Lewis Brinson was announced as the Marlins’ leadoff hitter and the Mets took the field, with New York players Dominic Smith and Billy Hamilton, who are Black, leading their teammates, The Sporting News reported.

Michael Wacha took the mound for the Mets, and both teams remained silent for 42 seconds, a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in modern major league history. Robinson wore No. 42 during his Hall of Fame career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

As both teams exited Citi Field, a Black Lives Matter shirt was left on home plate, The Sporting News reported.

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