One idea for Ma­jor League Base­ball

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The May 3 Sports ar­ti­cle “Fight shouldn’t be Jones’s alone” as­serted that the racial taunts aimed at Bal­ti­more Ori­oles cen­ter fielder Adam Jones re­quire more than hand-wring­ing. As a long­time sports fan and one­time ath­lete, I agree but sub­mit that this doesn’t take it far enough. Ma­jor League Base­ball held a con­fer­ence call with the Red Sox and Ori­oles to say “enough is enough” but gave no specifics to­ward dis­ci­pline. This is weak; a back­room slap on the wrist won’t grow a grass-roots move­ment, par­tic­u­larly in a sport where play­ers wax poetic about “un­writ­ten rules.”

If MLB wants to put its money where its mouth is, it can take a page from the Union of Euro­pean Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions’ book, in Euro­pean soc­cer, and start hand­ing out bans to en­tire sta­di­ums on game days. Maybe then fans could use the si­lence to con­tem­plate the grav­ity of their words and ac­tions.

Kyle Ba­gin, Arlington

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