HOUSTON — The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics jointly walked off the field following a moment of silence, draping a Black Lives Matter T-shirt across home plate as they chose not to play Friday night.
The decision came on Jackie Robinson Day across the majors, and in the wake of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, being shot by police in Wisconsin over the weekend.
All players, managers and coaches at Minute Maid Park were wearing No. 42, the jersey number Robinson wore when he broke the major league color barrier in 1947.
A’s shortstop Marcus Semien and Astros catcher Martin Maldonado each placed a No. 42 jersey from their respective teams in the batter’s boxes, and the players lined up for a moment of silence before walking into their respective clubhouses.
There have been 11 big league games postponed this week as clubs joined teams in the NBA, WNBA and MLS in calling off games while protesting social injustice. Major League Baseball let teams decide whether to play or not.
The Astros haven’t played since Tuesday due to Hurricane Laura, making Friday their first opportunity to join the movement.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said his team was informed of the Astros’ decision not to play early in the day and that the teams will play a doubleheader Saturday in Houston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.