New Jersey senator joins those calling for MLB to boycott Arizona

Seth Livingstone

Daily Pitch

May 10, 2010

Pressure continues on Major League Baseball to boycott Arizona due to its recently passed law cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Citing the possibility of racial profiling, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, is among those calling for the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled to be played in Phoenix.

Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, has similarly asked the players to boycott and Players Association executive director Michael Weiner has come out against the law.

In addition, organizations fighting against the law will send a letter on Tuesday to baseball commissioner Bud Selig urging him to move the All-Star Game and to pressure teams to re-locate spring training games scheduled for Arizona.

The letter states, "Major League Baseball has a strong history of supporting minorities and civil rights in America, which began when Jackie Robinson became the first African-American baseball player in 1947. As you are well aware, over a quarter of all Major League Baseball players are Latino, and almost 40% of your players are people of color. In this moment of crisis, these players – and baseball's millions of Latino and immigrant fans – deserve a loud and clear message that the League finds this law unacceptable. We strongly urge you to relocate the 2011 All-Star Game from Phoenix and to pressure teams to pull all winter and spring training games from Arizona while this un-American law is in effect."

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