The Red Sox and Twins were expected to begin their series in Minnesota on Monday, but that will no longer be the case. Just a few minutes prior to when first pitch was supposed to take place the players came off the field and the game was postponed. There is some rain in the forecast for the afternoon, but that is not the reason for the postponement. As of this writing, there is no official statement on the move, but Dave O’Brien on NESN indicated that the Twins will soon release a statement saying this is not weather-related.
There’s no use on speculating too much on the reasoning here when the statements should be out shortly, but it’s worthing noting that Chris Cotillo is reporting that it is due to “safety reasons.”
Hearing Red Sox-Twins postponed due to "safety reasons."— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 12, 2021
Trying to get more details.
There are currently protests ongoing in Minneapolis, where not only the Derek Chauvin trial is ongoing after the murder of George Floyd last summer, but also close to the location of another fatal shooting by the police of a Black man last night.
We’ll keep you updated with more when statements are released, including the exact reasoning for the postponement today and what will happen with the rest of this series, as tensions aren’t likely to dissipate too much in Minneapolis over the next few days.
Update (2:28 PM ET)
The Twins have released a statement.
Update (2:57 PM ET)
Twins President Dave St. Peter says the decision was both out of respect for the family of Daunte Wright (the unarmed Black man who was fatally shot Sunday) as well as community safety concerns.
Twins president Dave St. Peter on postponement of Twins-Sox: 'At the end of the day, we came to the conclusion that the right thing to do was not to play today' out of both respect for the family of Daunte Wright and community safety concerns.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 12, 2021
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