Rosenthal: Baseball players, too, are starting to rise up and use their power – The Athletic

Let’s start with some numbers, just so everyone can understand the magnitude of what happened in baseball on Wednesday night:

One. That’s the number of Black players on the Milwaukee Brewers’ roster, following center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s decision to opt out earlier this season.

7.8. That’s the percentage of Black players who were on Opening Day rosters in all of Major League Baseball, according to USA Today.

17. That’s how old star Brewers reliever Josh Hader was when he sent out racist and other offensive tweets, the revelation of which left him humiliated and apologetic at the 2018 All-Star Game.

Hader is now 26. And on Wednesday night, even before the Brewers became the first MLB team to decide against playing their scheduled game in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wis., he spoke eloquently about the moment at hand.

“It’s something we’ve been talking…