Petition to Larry Dolan, MLB
WE WANT OUR CHIEF WAHOO BACK!
The Indians' fan email reply told me I have to address this to MLB, not the Indians organization. It appears MLB and the Indians Organization does NOT listen, nor care to listen, to their fans! Indians fans buy the tickets, merchandise, etc..the protesters do not spend one thin dime! Cater to those who write your paychecks. The courts recently ruled it goes against the 1st amendment to force a team to change their name or logo. There are thousands of Indians' fans who want their beloved Chief Wahoo incorporated back the way it was before all the P.C. hype! We also "dislike"..(to be mild), the block "C"! TOO many reasons to mention why it's sooo awful! We know where Chief Wahoo can still, barely, be seen. But the block "C" has taken over his spot everywhere else. It appears it doesn't matter what the fans want because absolutely NOTHING has been done or even acknowledged. It's very disheartening that not ONE person has acknowledged our plea. I have one of many pages full of fans who want this! Included are some links to 2 of those many pages, showing how Indians' fans..and even other people, want Chief Wahoo back as our prominant logo. Indians fans want their Chief Wahoo back! Below, 2 facebook support pages: https://www.facebook.com/KeepChiefWahoo/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Keep-Chief-Wahoo-697346770308085/?ref=hl
Petition to Rob Manfred, Tony Clark, Pat O'Conner, Leonor Colon
The Neglect of Minor League Baseball Players
Major League baseball is the dream for so many ballplayers across the world that the struggle to get there almost always goes unnoticed. It's a sad fact that these professional athletes are treated so poorly, and it's a notion to the complications of the system that their struggles are deemed illegitimate because they are "playing a game." The Save America's Pastime Act was passed on March 23, 2018. The provision, buried on page 1,967, rolled back the most basic workplace protections for Minor League players. The Major League Baseball owners had spent more than $1 million lobbying Congress to exempt themselves from having to pay Minor League players minimum wage and overtime. The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) refuses to acknowledge any matters regarding Minor League baseball players. Minor Leaguers make between $3,000 & $10,000 for their seven month season. Given the number of hours they work per week (often 70+), their salary comes to roughly $3.00 an hour, less than the hot dog vendor and the batboy. These employees deserve to be recognized for the hours they work and should be paid minimum wage for those hours. Paying every Minor Leaguer $7.25 an hour would increase each teams payroll by $3-4 million. The vast majority of Minor Leaguers don't have any representation and have to buy their own equipment, locate and pay their own housing, and many go to bed hungry when their team doesn't supply enough food. Meanwhile, the top 20 Minor League franchises are worth a combined $750 million and MLB made a record $10 billion in 2017. We're fighting for them to be treated like humans rather than chattel. Visit morethanbaseball.org and @mtb_org for more information.
Petition to University of Wisconsin Madison Athletic Department, Barry alvarez
Bring Back Varsity Baseball to UW-Madison!
The athletic department recently decided to spend 130 million dollars turning existing seats into club seats and adding a deck for Camp Randall rather than spend a tiny fraction of that on baseball. This decision came after a survey to alumni asking how donor money should be spent and listed only improvements to amenities at Camp Randall.... not necessities whatsoever. The operational budget of the average Big Ten baseball team is 1.3 million per year. Barry Alvarez says we don't have the money to support baseball. You do the math. I have been working every angle to try and bring back varsity baseball and we have garnered enormous support from the community, fans, writers, coaches, kids, athletes, former athletes, etc... However, the decision ultimately lies with the AD. Mr. Alvarez isn't willing to even have the discussion about a possible path forward. My proposal shot down his old excuses and I believe he now is avoiding the conversation because he knows the argument against it doesn't have a leg to stand on. I'll continue to work behind the scenes, but it's time for a public uproar demanding more from our flagship university. Help bring back UW's first ever sport. Sign this petition, spread it on social media, write and call the athletic department, do what you can to show your support. Thank you and On Wisconsin! Bringing our national pastime and the University's first sport back to Madison will accomplish all of the following: - Bring back a proud program and make good on a promise to the former ball players to reinstate the program when the financial picture is better. - Get on par with the rest of the Big Ten by offering the same major sport that the rest of the conference offers. - Inspire thousands of youth who look at the Wisconsin Badgers athletes as role models. This improves youth and high school programs all over the state. Not to mention the positive influence it has on so many individual lives. - Give the fans what they want and deserve. They have been supporting the University and Wisconsin Athletics for decades and they desire to have baseball back at the flagship university. The Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, The Timber Rattlers, the Madison Mallards and other Northwoods league teams, and even home talent teams all over the state have shown how popular baseball is in this state and there is no doubt the Badgers would follow in, and build on, that tradition. Link to the full proposal for bringing back Varsity baseball to the Wisconsin Badgers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4IPeL9xuDafZDFqTXV1N1paZXM/view
Petition to MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.
Retire Roberto Clemente's Number 21 from Major League Baseball
21. Put no other name above this number. It is Roberto’s. It should only ever be Roberto’s. Roberto Clemente was a 15-time MLB All-Star and winner of 12 Gold Gloves. He batted over .300 for 13 seasons and had 3,000 career hits. Those stats are legendary. They helped make him the first Latino player inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. And yet every single day, his gifts were eclipsed by his willingness to give. Roberto spent his life — in fact, tragically lost his life — helping those in need. Put no other name above this number.Not because he broke barriers. But because he transcended them. With his body and with his heart and with his soul.Other players followed, but Roberto did it first.And for that, he should always be the last. Put no other name above this number. #Retire21
Petition to MLB, New York Yankees
Get Yankee fan banned from Yankee Stadium
On Wednesday night, The American League Wild Card Game took place at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees took on the visiting Oakland Athletics in a winner take all game where the stakes are high. An Oakland Athletics was in the crowd watching his team play in the Postseason, and after the Yankees scored This Yankees fan decided it was okay to chuck a beer at the A's fan for what reason? He didn't do anything to deserve that. I have been to another teams stadium with meaning behind it and never have I been mistreated like how this fellow A's fan was that Wednesday night. With this petition I hope that this gets this fan banned from Yankee Stadium or all stadiums since according to his Instagram account he travels to many ballparks. His Instagram handle is @criscrakk
Petition to Yumilka Daisy Ruiz, Marisa Matsuda, Aracelis Leon, Amy Eun Byul Park, International Olympic Committee, City of Lima Peru, PanAm Sports Organization, Eric Campbell
Reestablish Women's Baseball at the Panam Games
Restablecer el béisbol femenino
In spite of the efforts and the mission statements of the International Olympic Committee and the Panam Sports Organization, there is still rampant gender inequity in sport. Eliminating Women's Baseball from the 2019 Panam Games in Lima, Peru, is one of the most blatant examples of this. Happily, it is also one of the easiest to remedy. (El texto completo de esta petición sigue en español) Three sports have been added to the program for 2019, the only sport that was dropped was Women's Baseball - which is not a stand-alone sport. Baseball is Baseball regardless of which gender is playing it. So, by only cancelling the Women's division, we believe the Panam Sports Organization is in violating its own mission statement which states: “Panam Sports fuels the development of sport and supports the work of our 41-member nations to inspire the next generation of athletes in our continent. We work closely with all members of the sport community including National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Sport Federations (IFs), Pan American Sport Confederations, the athletes and the Organizing Committees for all regional Games, ensuring the success and celebration of our flagship event, the Pan American Games." According to the International Olympic Committee’s website under PROMOTION OF WOMEN “The goal of gender equality is enshrined in the Olympic Charter, which compels the IOC to “encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels.” Given that, how can it be justified to contest a sport for men only? The World Baseball Softball Confederation fields the Women’s Baseball World Cup every 2 years since 2004. Baseball and Softball are different sports. Your awareness of this is evidenced by the fact that both Softball for Women and Softball for Men are included in the Panam Games. It is my personal belief that the IOC made a mistake by including Baseball for Men and Softball for Women in the next Olympics. Every time these two sports are conflated it makes it harder for women who want to play baseball. I am asking that you TAKE ACTION to support all the women who are already fighting a tremendous battle to play the game they love. Riccardo Fraccari, the President of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), told me in an interview in 2012, “Baseball is the easiest sport to grow for women. Everything is already there, we just need to encourage it.” Any country that has baseball for men already has the facilities, equipment, coaches and management in place to support baseball for women. Toronto, Canada hosted the last Panam Games in 2015, and these countries competed in the Women's Baseball division *United States *Venezuela *Cuba *Puerto Rico *Canada These countries competed in the 2015 Games in the Men's Baseball division *United States *Cuba *Nicaragua *Dominican Republic *Puerto Rico *Canada *Colombia The decision to keep men’s baseball in while eliminating women’s baseball from the 2019 Panam Games in Lima, can't be about the number of teams and countries who participated in the past since they both had similar participation. It is important to know that Argentina has recently formed a women's baseball program, that team competed in the Dominican Republic along with Mexico and Puerto Rico to qualify for the last two spots at the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup that will be held in Viera, FL in August. IF the mission of Panam sports is truly to inspire the next generation and to develop sport in its 41-member nations, then it simply MUST include Baseball for Women in the Panam Games in 2019 and beyond. Not to do so, would almost certainly quash the developing programs in Argentina and Mexico, as well as any other country that is considering starting a women’s baseball program because they will have no major tournaments to strive for until at least 2020. The Panam Games has a tremendous opportunity to take the lead in Women’s Baseball. The maximum number of teams that the WBSC has hosted is 12. And that includes Asia. The Panam Games could host 12 from just the Americas and champion the development of this emerging sport. To widen the picture, women’s sports in general barely get any media coverage. As someone who has been working on a documentary specifically about women’s baseball for several years, I can’t emphasize enough how HUGE an opportunity this is for someone – hopefully the Panam Games—to step up in leadership, to promote growth, acceptance, and visibility for all women’s sports. According to a recent study of TV news media, in 2014, only 3.2% of network television coverage focused on women’s sports; ESPN's SportsCenter only covered women's sports 2% in of their broadcast time. Compounding this inequity, also in 2014, women were less than 5% of the sports anchors and 14.4% of ancillary sports reporters. “With this research, we are trying to get women’s sports on the radar not only for fans, but for generations of girls and boys,” said study co-author Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Purdue University. “Seeing women’s sports through the same lens as we see men’s sports would go a long way in shifting the cultural perceptions of gender roles and expectations.” YOU are in a unique position to change this and make large positive strides supporting gender quality in sport in the World. You have close to a year to put women’s baseball back into the Panam Games and take your place as a leader for gender equality. We thank you for your time and attention to this critically important matter. With Respect, Cami J Kidder and all the supporters of gender equality in sport A pesar de los esfuerzos y las declaraciones de misión del Comité Olímpico Internacional y de la Organización Deportiva Pan Americana, aún existe una desenfrenada injusticia de género en el deporte. La eliminación del béisbol femenino de los Juegos Pan Americanos 2019 en Lima, Perú, es uno de los ejemplos más ostensibles de esto. Felizmente, también es uno de los más fáciles de remediar. Tres deportes han sido añadidos al programa para el 2019, siendo el béisbol femenino el único deporte eliminado, y el cual no es un deporte autónomo. El béisbol es béisbol independientemente de que género lo esté jugando. Entonces, al cancelar solamente la división de mujeres, creemos que la Organización Deportiva Pan Americana está violando su propia declaración de misión que dice: “Los deportes Pan Americanos impulsan el desarrollo del deporte y apoyan el trabajo de nuestros 41 países miembros para inspirar a la próxima generación de atletas en nuestro continente. Trabajamos estrechamente con todos los miembros de la comunidad deportiva, incluyendo a los Comités Olímpicos Nacionales (CON), las Federaciones Deportivas Internacionales (FI), las Confederaciones Deportivas Pan Americanas, los atletas y los Comités Organizadores de todos los juegos regionales, asegurando así el éxito y la celebración de nuestro evento principal, los Juegos Panamericanos ". Según el sitio web del Comité Olímpico Internacional (COI), bajo la sección PROMOCIÓN DE LA MUJER "El objetivo de la igualdad de género está consagrado en la Carta Olímpica, que obliga al COI a "fomentar y apoyar la promoción de la mujer en todo nivel del deporte ". Considerando esto, ¿cómo se puede justificar que la competencia de un deporte sea solo para los hombres? La Confederación Mundial de Béisbol y Softbol organiza la Copa Mundial de Softbol Femenino cada dos años desde el 2004. El béisbol y el softbol son diferentes deportes. Su conocimiento de esto se evidencia por el hecho de que tanto el softbol para mujeres como el softbol para hombres están incluidos en los Juegos Panamericanos. En mi creencia personal, el COI cometió un error al incluir el béisbol solo para hombres y el softbol solo para mujeres en las próximas Olimpiadas. Cada vez que se combinan estos dos deportes se hace más difícil para las mujeres que quieren jugar béisbol. Les ruego que tomen toda medida posible para apoyar a todas las mujeres que ya están luchando una gran batalla para jugar el juego que aman. Riccardo Fraccari, el presidente de la Confederación Mundial de Softbol de Béisbol, me dijo en una entrevista en 2012, “El béisbol femenino es uno de los deportes más fáciles para desarrollar. Todo ya está allí, solo tenemos que alentarlo.” Cualquier país que tenga béisbol masculino ya tiene las instalaciones, el equipo, los entrenadores y la administración para apoyar el béisbol para mujeres. Toronto, Canadá fue sede de los últimos Juegos Panamericanos en el 2015, y estos países compitieron en la división de Béisbol Femenino *Estados Unidos *Venezuela *Cuba *Puerto Rico *Canadá Estos países compitieron en los Juegos de 2015 en la división de Béisbol Masculino *Estados Unidos *Cuba *Nicaragua *República Dominicana *Puerto Rico *Canadá *Colombia La decisión de conservar el béisbol masculino y eliminar el béisbol femenino de los Juegos Panamericanos 2019 en Lima, no puede basarse en la cantidad de equipos y países que han participado en el pasado, ya que ambos tuvieron casi la misma cantidad de participación. Es importante saber que Argentina recientemente creó un programa de béisbol femenino, que ese equipo compitió en la República Dominicana junto con México y Puerto Rico para clasificarse para las dos últimas plazas en la Copa Mundial de Béisbol Femenino 2018 que se celebrará en Viera, Florida, en agosto. Si la misión de los Deportes Pan Americanos es verdaderamente inspirar a la próxima generación y desarrollar el deporte en sus 41 países miembros, entonces simplemente DEBE incluir el béisbol femenino en los Juegos Panamericanos 2019 y posteriormente. De no ser así, casi con seguridad anularía los programas en desarrollo en Argentina y México, así como en cualquier otro país que esté considerando comenzar un programa de béisbol femenino porque no tendrán torneos importantes por los cuales esforzarse hasta por lo menos el 2020. Los Juegos Pan Americanos tienen una tremenda oportunidad para asumir el liderazgo en el béisbol femenino. La cantidad máxima de equipos que la Confederación Mundial de Béisbol y Softball ha recibido es de 12. Y eso incluye a equipos de Asia. Los Juegos Pan Americanos podrían albergar a 12 equipos solo de las Américas y encabezar con ello el desarrollo de este prometedor deporte. Para ampliar el cuadro, los deportes femeninos, en general, apenas reciben cobertura por parte de los medios de comunicación. Como alguien que ha estado trabajando sobre un documental expresamente sobre el béisbol femenino durante varios años, no puedo acentuar suficientemente que tan ENORME es esta oportunidad de que alguien, con esperanza los Juegos Pan Americanos, pueda incrementar en el liderazgo para promover el crecimiento, la aceptación, y la visibilidad en todos los deportes femeninos. Según un estudio reciente de los medios de comunicación de telediarios, en el 2014, solo el 3,2% de la cobertura televisiva de red se enfocó en los deportes femeninos. SportsCenter de ESPN solo transmitió los deportes femeninos un 2% de su tiempo de transmisión. Para agravar esta desigualdad, también en el 2014, las mujeres formaron menos del 5% de los presentadores deportivos y el 14,4% de los reporteros auxiliares de deportes. "Con esta investigación, estamos tratando de poner los deportes femeninos en el radar no solo para los fanáticos, sino también para las generaciones de niñas y niños", dijo la coautora del estudio Cheryl Cooky, profesora adjunta de estudios sobre mujeres, género y sexualidad de la Universidad Purdue. "Ver los deportes femeninos a través del mismo lente que vemos a los deportes masculinos ayudaría mucho a cambiar las percepciones culturales de los roles y expectativas de género". USTEDES se encuentran en una posición única para cambiar esta desigualdad y dar grandes pasos positivos para apoyar la calidad de género en el deporte por todo el mundo. Tienen cerca de un año para volver a incluir el béisbol femenino en los Juegos Panamericanos y tomar su lugar como líder de la igualdad de género. Les agradecemos su tiempo y consideración a este asunto de vital importancia. Con Respeto, Cami J Kdder y todos los partidarios de la igualdad de género en el deporte
Petition to Nina Johnson
Lets make a change - Beech Grove Little League
Beech Grove Little League has been falling apart for several years now. It is being ran by those who do not have the best interest of the children who are there to play and make memories and learn the game of baseball. Let the city of Beech Grove people vote to revamp the whole organization and make Beech Grove Little League great again. My family and I have made so many great memories at this little league. I have seen it go from great to almost being unable to field teams during the season. We are a huge baseball family, we love the little league and I have nephews and other family members who love playing as well but something has to be done about these people who are running this organization. They are not there for the right reasons and have ran so many people away. I am making a stand that this should not happen or go on any longer. I want to be the start of this change and do whatever I need to do to get this organization back on track. The numbers are way down, the fields are unkept and they are going to run all of the youth of beech grove now and in the present away to other local leagues and those fields will be a lost memory. Please I beg that something is done asap! So to all of those who have ever wanted your voice to be heard, here is your platform.
Petition to Atlanta Braves
Rename the urinals at SunTrust Park "Ureña-ls"
On August 15th, 2018 (a day that will live in infamy), the Atlanta Braves took the field to face the Miami Marlin (incidentally, the correct pluralization of "marlin" is in fact "marlin," not "marlins.") Star rookie Ronald Acuña had led off the previous three games against Miami with home runs, part of a streak of five consecutive games in which he had homered. Fans were glued to their TVs at home to see if he would do it again. The crowd at SunTrust Park gave Acuña an ovation as he strode to the plate. And then - José Ureña, the Marlin pitcher, drilled the phenom with the first pitch. Acuña went down and later had to be removed from the game. The umpires ejected Ureña, probably for his own safety. The Atlanta Braves, locked in a pennant chase, wisely chose not to react violently to José Ureña's cowardly assault on Ronald Acuña. So it's time for some creative retribution. Let's rename all the urinals at SunTrust Park "Urena-ls."