Mets, Marlins walk off the field after 42-second moment of silence honoring Jackie Robinson
The New York Mets and Miami Marlins took the field as scheduled for their game on Thursday night, but in a symbolic gesture of solidarity, players on both clubs then returned to their dugouts without a pitch being thrown.
With players lining the field in front of both dugouts, the Mets and Marlins removed their caps and bowed their heads in silence for 42 seconds before leaving the field.
The only thing left on the diamond was a Black Lives Matter shirt a grounds crew member had placed over home plate.
The gesture combined a protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in the major leagues who wore jersey No. 42.
After a moment of silence, the Mets and the Marlins have left the field.
The only thing remaining on the field is a Black Lives Matter shirt. pic.twitter.com/t7QfWwofOS
Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day on Friday.
The Mets-Marlins game in New York was one of seven MLB games to be postponed, while the other eight games on Thursday's schedule were played.
Meanwhile, the NHL postponed four playoff games Thursday and Friday, the NBA called off two playoff games Thursday and the WNBA postponed three games as those leagues wiped out their entire schedules for the day.
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