Digital News Report – I’m sending this update to alert you to a statement issued this afternoon by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner regarding the immigration law recently passed by the state of Arizona, which says in part that the “recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States.”
Weiner’s statement also notes: “The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members.”
This statement is available on the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Web site here:
The Major League Baseball Players Association’s media contact is Greg Bouris, MLBPA Director of Communications, at (212) 826-0808.
As you are probably already aware, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor David Campos sent a joint letter earlier today (which was cc’d to the MLBPA) calling on Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to seek a new host city for the 2011 All-Star Game — instead of Phoenix, Arizona, as currently planned — unless that state’s controversial new anti-immigration law is repealed.
By: Matt Dorsey