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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Baseball union weighs in on Arizona immigration law

Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, just sent out the following statement regarding the Arizona immigration law that is rapidly becoming a political football when it comes to major league baseball.

“The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States. These international players are very much a part of our national pastime and are important members of our Association. Their contributions to our sport have been invaluable, and their exploits have been witnessed, enjoyed and applauded by millions of Americans. All of them, as well as the Clubs for whom they play, have gone to great lengths to ensure full compliance with federal immigration law.

“The impact of the bill signed into law in Arizona last Friday is not limited to the players on one team. The international players on the Diamondbacks work and, with their families, reside in Arizona from April through September or October. In addition, during the season, hundreds of international players on opposing Major League teams travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. And, the spring training homes of half of the 30 Major League teams are now in Arizona. All of these players, as well as their families, could be adversely affected, even though their presence in the United States is legal. Each of them must be ready to prove, at any time, his identity and the legality of his being in Arizona to any state or local official with suspicion of his immigration status. This law also may affect players who are U.S. citizens but are suspected by law enforcement of being of foreign descent.

“The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members.

“My statement reflects the institutional position of the Union. It was arrived at after consultation with our members and after consideration of their various views on this controversial subject.”

Commissioner Bud Selig thus far has remained silent on the law, even amidst some calls for MLB to move the All-Star Game out of Arizona in 2011. Jeff Passan, the fine baseball writer at Yahoo, weighs in with a balanced story on the situation, including a quote from Felix Hernandez. The Arizona Republic addresses the impact on the Diamondbacks.

This is a multi-faceted story that I’ll be keeping a close eye on, along with everyone else.

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