Posted on January 12, 2021

Fans RIP Phillies over Trade for Black Lives Matter Hater/Batting Practice Pitcher Sam Coonrod

Chris Baud, Deadspin, January 10, 2021

The Philadelphia Phillies were one of seven MLB teams that decided not to play in the wake of Kenosha, Wisconsin, police shooting of Jacob Blake.


Months earlier, the team had joined in the chorus of professional sports teams who released statements condemning the murder of George Floyd:

On Saturday, the Phillies proved those statements were hollow as they acquired reliever Sam Coonrod from the Giants for prospect Carson Ragsdale.

Coonrod made it clear where he stands on the issue of racial justice when he refused to take a knee with his Giants teammates:

“I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism, and … they said some negative things about the nuclear family,” Coonrod said. {snip}


Phillies fans ratioed the team’s official Twitter announcement pretty quickly: