MLB Caves to Political Correctness, Changes Name of 'Disabled List'
It must be a slow week for social justice warriors. That's about the only thing I can think of to explain their latest colossal brainfart. When a player in the MLB gets an injury, they go on something called the "disabled list." Well, at least they did before politically correct lefties threw a tantrum.
Get ready for this:
Major League Baseball confirmed to ESPN on Thursday that it’s changing the name of the “Disabled List” to the “Injury List.” The genesis of the rule? Disability advocates asked Major League Baseball to change the name so people wouldn’t confuse “disabilities” and “injuries” and further the thinking that a disability means someone can’t play a sport.
The reasoning makes a lot of sense, especially when you consider that the other major sports don’t call their injury lists “disabled lists.” It’s the “injured reverse list” in NFL and NHL, the “inactive list” in the NBA. MLB’s “disabled list” got its name in 1915, so the jargon was a bit dated.
Yeah, you read that right. The word "disabled" is now unfit for use in our "woke" society.
Disable means "not able." As in "not able to play ball." When the solenoid goes bad on my truck and it won't start, it's by definition disabled until I fix it. There's nothing improper about their use of the word.
"I mean, we wouldn't want a kid missing both arms and his lower half to grow up thinking he can't be the next Ken Griffey, Jr. Realistic expectations be damned!" Let's get real here for a second. Even most able-bodied people will never be capable of playing in the MLB. Yet, most of us go on to live very happy lives.
Methinks the social justicey types have run out of things to complain about. "Disabled" is just a harmless word. It would be different if the MLB was calling it the "tard list" or the "gimp list." The politically correct crowd might have a case then, but there's nothing mean-spirited or "dated" about the word disabled.
While we're on the subject: