Major League Baseball announced the debut of “MLB Together,” a new platform emphasizing the league’s efforts to make important societal contributions through the power of partnership and community.
MLB Together embodies the sport’s guiding principles of community engagement, nonprofit partnerships, social impact and volunteerism. It also features a new mental health and wellness initiative geared toward youth.
“MLB Together represents the very best of what our sport means to our fans and our communities,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Baseball’s ability to bring people together through shared values and addressing common causes has helped secure the game’s status within our culture.
“We look forward to working with our clubs, partners, players and fans to make a meaningful community impact through the MLB Together platform.”
MLB Together is an ongoing call to action for everyone across the sport to be involved in their communities through a diverse offering of goodwill, legacy and charitable programs. Three-time All-Star closer and cancer survivor Liam Hendriks is serving as the ambassador.
The MLB Together platform will operate within seven corresponding guiding principles that include youth empowerment, diversity, equity and inclusion, domestic and physical safety, health research and resources, and military family and veteran resources.
What’s more is MLB’s new mental health and wellness program is aimed at public awareness, removing shame from having conversations around mental health, and providing education and interactive support with a special emphasis on youth.
MLB says Oakland Athletics relocation vote could happen in June
Manfred announced that a relocation vote for the Oakland Athletic’s possible move to Las Vegas could take place as soon as early June.
MLB and the Athletics have been working to push forward the process. On Wednesday, Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo announced an agreement with State Treasurer Zach Conine, and Clark County officials to forward a bill that would bring MLB to Las Vegas.
“This agreement follows months of negotiations between the state, the county, and the A’s, and I believe it gives us a tremendous opportunity to continue building on the professional sports infrastructure of southern Nevada,” said Governor Joe Lombardo. “Las Vegas is clearly a sports town, and Major League Baseball should be a part of it.”
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