Major League Baseball Changes Name of ‘Disabled List’ Over Pressure from Activists


Now it is Major League Baseball’s turn to do something idiotic in the face of “activists.” MLB just changed the name of its “disabled list” because activists for the disabled said it was “discriminatory.”

Oh, brother.

But these linguini-spinned MLB executives have folded, anyway.

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Major League Baseball confirmed to ESPN on Thursday that it’s changing the name of the “Disabled List” to the “Injury List.” The genesis of the rule? Disability advocates asked Major League Baseball to change the name because so people wouldn’t confuse “disabilities” and “injuries” and further the thinking that a disability means someone can’t play a sport

Sorry, but there really is no sentient human being on earth who hears about baseball’s “disabled list” and thinks, “gosh, that’s mean to people in wheelchairs.”

NO ONE is “confused” that a “disabled list” might mean people who are “differently abled.”

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports:

Deputy commissioner Dan Halem said the change was made at the suggestion of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link 20 Network. Jeff Pfeifer, MLB’s senior director of league economics and operations, notified clubs of the name change in a memo written in December.

“In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name of the ‘Disabled List,’” Pfeifer wrote. “The principal concern is that using the term ‘disabled’ for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports. As a result, Major League Baseball has agreed to change the name ‘Disabled List’ to be the ‘Injured List’ at both the major and minor league levels. All standards and requirements for placement, reinstatement, etc., shall remain unchanged. This change, which is only a rebranding of the name itself, is effective immediately.”

Assuming that the term “disabled list” is somehow “offensive” is as stupid as it gets, America.

If you are one applauding this move, you might want to check in with your psychiatrists to get your meds updated.

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