Players will fight for the environment | Opinion
Former Major League Baseball player Chris Dickerson was with the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, when he noticed the enormous amount of trash in a locker room trash can. One day, he counted 500 water bottles discarded after batting training on a hot and humid day.
Dickerson did the math on minor and major league teams and estimated 300,000 plastic bottles used by baseball players every game day, according to the New York Times. He founded Players for the Planet, professional athletes working for the protection of the environment.
A determined small group, they have cleaned up beaches in the Dominican Republic, led e-waste recycling campaigns, and targeted abandoned land to restore natural spaces. In partnership with the Green Sports Alliance, Players for the Planet encourages each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams to embrace a youth baseball field and promote lasting improvements in youth sports.
Daniel Norris, a relief pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, is particularly involved. An avid surfer, he does not own a home and lives during the off-season in a van equipped with solar panels. He buys clothes only from companies using recycled materials and still wears the two suits a former Detroit Tigers teammate bought him for team flights when he was a rookie.
“The only other costume I bought was at a thrift store,” Norris said.
Another member of the group, Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks, told The Times that climate change is affecting the game.
“We were in Oakland last year preparing for the series, and we had batting practice canceled on both days and games were almost called off due to smoke from the wildfires. And the air quality was so bad, ”Ahmed said of the fires in California. “I know that has been a problem this year as well. Hopefully people wake up and understand that our planet needs to be taken care of in the best possible way. “