Mets, Marlins players leave BLM shirt on home plate, exit field in protest prior to game

The Mets and Marlins have made their voices heard.

Both teams took the field prior to their matchup at Citi Field, engaged in a 42-second moment of silence, then subsequently left the field after the moment of silence.

Mets players Dominic Smith and Billy Hamilton, who are Black, led the teams onto the field. Michael Wacha took the mound for New York, Lewis Brinson was announced for Miami, a moment of silence followed and a Black Lives Matter shirt was left on home plate, the only thing remaining on the field in Flushing.

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The protest comes a day after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their NBA playoff matchup vs. the Magic after Black man Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha, Wis. police seven times in the back on Aug. 23. Several NBA playoff games were postponed on Thursday, as well.

Smith was tearful during Wednesday’s postgame press conference vs. the Marlins, and he urged social change, racial justice and equality during his media availability. MLB players have offered Smith and other Black American players words of support in the day that followed.

The 42-second moment of silence may be a nod to Jackie Robinson, who is being celebrated on Aug. 28 across MLB.

Three MLB games were postponed on Wednesday, with seven more games not being played on Thursday night.

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