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Five Tampa Rays baseball players are catching heat for refusing to wear LGBT+ logos on their uniforms to celebrate Gay Pride Month.

The Tampa Bay Rays wore rainbow logos on their uniform sleeves and ball caps during the MLB's annual "Pride Night" celebration at Tropicana Field for Pride Month.

However, five Rays players chose to remove the rainbow logos from their uniforms before taking the field on Sunday.

The five baseball players are Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson.

Jason Adam was chosen to speak for the five players. He told the Tampa BayTimes that the decision to remove the logos was "faith-based".

"A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision," he said.

Adam said the Pride logo represented a "lifestyle" that conflicted with their religion, but gays are always welcome at Tropicana Field.

"So it's a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here," Adam said.

"I think a lot of guys decided that it's just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it's just that maybe we don't want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus," he said.

But Tampa Pride president Carrie West blasted the five players who removed the Pride logo from their uniforms. West said they were "hiding behind their religion" and had "shamed" the club's efforts to support the LGBT+ community.

"The fact that Tampa Bay Rays have a Pride Night is because they have a very high LGBTAQ fan base," West said in a statement to The Independent on Monday. "The Tropicana Field is right in the heart of the St Petersburg Gay Community with gay bars, businesses, restaurants, and retail all around the stadium."

"It just so happens that the LGBTAQ community is a very large fan base in following your franchise and we are honored and celebrate this one night during PRIDE Month," West said.

"To not say Thank You and get snubbed from the five players for Your Support and getting the $$$ for top salary dollars is truly a SHAME to be reckoned with! DO NOT HIDE BEHIND RELIGION! YOU HAVE ALREADY SHOWN YOUR COLORS."

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A comment made by Pres. Joe Biden during a Veterans Day speech on Thursday sparked debates on social media.

Biden, 78, referred to baseball legend Satchel Paige as "the great negro" because he pitched in the Negro Leagues before breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball.

Negro in Portuguese and Spanish means "black" and is derived from the offensive racial slur ni**er.

During his speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, Biden said he had "adopted the attitude of the great Negro—at the time—pitcher in the Negro leagues, went on to become a great pitcher in the pros in Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson, his name was Satchel Paige. And Satchel Paige on his 47th birthday pitched a win against Chicago."

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Paige was not a military veteran. His Selective Service records show he was never drafted into the U.S. military.

Twitter users debated Biden's true meaning when he muttered the word.

Democrats defended their President by advising that he was referring to the Negro Leagues. While others argued that Biden called Paige "a great Negro" in the Negro leagues.


 
One Twitter user wrote: "A white man referring to the negro baseball league would be tore to pieces .. But Biden can get away with being a Supremist."
 
Another Twitter user wrote: "Biden's one hit wonders now include: Calling black children "roaches" And calling famous baseball players “great negros."

And a third person tweeted: "Biden is calling people of color negros cringe."

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The Atlanta Braves clinched the World Series title on Tuesday, routing the hapless Houston Astros 7-0 on their own home turf in Game 6.

Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and the Braves won their first World Series championship in 26 years. Soler was a toddler and Freeman was six-years-old the last time the Braves won the championship in 1995.

"I've always said the team that has that little boy in them are teams that do good in the postseason," said Brian Snitker, Atlanta's manager. "And I really believe that. I think the team that just plays with emotion and enjoys what they're doing in the postseason is really dangerous."

Soler opened the barn door with a three-run homer in the third inning. And Freeman slammed it shut with a solo home run in the seventh inning for a final score of 7-0.

The Braves were heavily criticized for their offensive name, hatchet logo, and "the chop" gestures. The press also treated the team unkindly for not having any Black players.

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Most of the dark-skinned players on the Braves are Hispanic. The closest to a Black man on the Braves team is 2nd baseman Ozhaino "Ozzie" Albies, 24, a native of Curacao.

The two-time All-Star became an Internet meme when he peered into the 2nd base dirt camera during Game 6.

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Eight New York Yankees players tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated, NBC News reported. Torres previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

The news hit the league like a bombshell.

The Yankees canceled a game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, after three players – Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta -- tested positive.

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Torres, center, is among eight so-called "breakthrough" cases among the Yankees — people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is in quarantine while awaiting the result of his Covid test.

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Judge, pictured left, escorted MLB legend Hank Aaron's wife Billye Aaron to the home plate on Coors Field during the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night. She received a standing ovation.

Hank Aaron died on January 22, 2021, weeks after receiving the Covid-19 mRNA injection.

Three more Yankees players and one staff -- who were not named -- also tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.

None of the players reported any Covid-related symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing or coughing.

"Certainly unexpected," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "Obviously everyone, Major League Baseball, that's in charge of testing is looking into that. The variants that could be out there if that is the case."

All Major League Baseball teams require their players to be fully vaccinated in order to play.

The Yankees are undergoing additional testing and contact tracing, with the assistance of the baseball commissioner’s office and its medical experts, NBC reports.

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Stephen A. Smith apologized on Monday for making a racist comment about MLB star Shohei Ohtani's use of an interpreter ahead of the All-Star game.

Ohtani speaks some English and Spanish but he has used a Japanese interpreter since 2017. Ohtani leads the major leagues with 33 home runs and is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA in 13 starts.

Smith's remarks were criticized on social media and he hastily backtracked after his own colleagues called for his suspension.

It all started when the outspoken ESPN host criticized the Los Angeles Angels pitching and hitting sensation for using an interpreter to handle questions from the news media.

Smith said during Monday's episode of "First Take" that the interpreter "harmed" the game of baseball.

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Smith was angry that Ohtani, pictured with his interpreter, is the No. 1 superstar attraction in Major League Baseball.

"I don't think it helps that the number one face is a dude that needs an interpreter so you can understand what the hell he's saying in this country.

"The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn't speak English, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that's your box office appeal."

The public reaction was furious. Smith was accused of being xenophobic in light of the violent anti-Asian attacks in the United States.

Former ESPN host Keith Olbermann tweeted:

"I've supported @stephenasmith when he's been big at @espn and when he hasn't, and when he's been right and when he's been wrong.

But this, about Shohei Ohtani, is straight up racism at a time of dangerous anti-Asian violence.

This requires an apology, and a suspension. Now."

By Monday evening, Smith, 53, wrote a lengthy post in which he apologized profusely for putting his foot in his mouth.

Smith, who earns $12 million per year, said he had screwed up royally.

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Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron passed away early Friday, Jan. 22. He was 86. The family did not reveal a cause of death.

Born Henry Louis Aaron in Mobile, Alabama, the 25-time All-Star was best known for breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record with his 715th home run.

The scene of Aaron being mobbed by fans as he rounded the bases remains an iconic moments in Major League Baseball history.

The original fence and wall where Aaron's 715th home run landed still stands in the same spot in the parking lot of Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

Aaron ended his remarkable career with 755 career home runs. His record was surpassed by San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds, who was suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Aaron, pictured with his wife Billye in 2019, still holds several MLB offensive records. The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.

After retiring from baseball, he served as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

In 1982, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Aaron is survived by his wife Billye Suber Williams and six children.
 

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The Miami Marlins Major League Baseball team games have been postponed following a coronavirus breakout that stranded them in Philadelphia. 14 players and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The members of the Marlins' traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results," MLB said in a statement.

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Manager Don Mattingly said members of the team would be quarantined in Philadelphia.

The team's home opener against Baltimore was postponed, as well as the New York Yankees' game at Philadelphia, as the Yankees would have used the same clubhouse as the Marlins.

Teammates texted each other about the team's positive tests, but there was no talk of quitting the season.

"We knew this could happen at some point. We came to the ballpark ready to play," said shortstop Miguel Rojas.

The Marlins played exhibition games in Atlanta against the Braves on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Braves have since been without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud, who both showed flu-like symptoms after the games.

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