MLB Changes Disabled List to Injured List, Deeming it Offensive
Major League Baseball's "disabled list" is now permanently retired from the game.
Major League Baseball's "disabled list" is now permanently retired from the game. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has decided to officially change the "disabled list" to the "injured list," effective immediately. From now on, players who are physically unable to play for an extended period of time will be placed on the "injured list."
The move comes at the request of disability advocates. As you might expect there are differing opinions on the change. Some feel it's progressive and long overdue. Others see it as an example of political correctness run amok and people being too easily offended.
In pushing for the change, disability advocates said they felt the use of "disabled" to describe injured players could cause people to think that someone with a disability can't play a sport. "The principal concern is that using the term "disabled" for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports," explained the league's senior director of operations Jeff Pfeifer. "In recent years, the commissioner has received several inquiries regarding the name."
Baseball has been using the label "disabled list" since 1915, but they were the only major professional league that still used the term "disabled" in any classification of injured players. The National Football League and the National Hockey League use "injured reserve" for players who are too injured to compete. It's the "inactive list" in the National Basketball Association.
Sparkt reached out to the Pittsburgh Pirates for comment on the change but we haven't yet received a response.
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