Friday, April 30, 2010

MLBPA and the New AZ Immigration Law

This just release by the MLB Players Association.

“The recent passage by Arizona of a new immigration law could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States. These international players are very much a part of our national pastime and are important members of our Association. Their contributions to our sport have been invaluable, and their exploits have been witnessed, enjoyed and applauded by millions of Americans. All of them, as well as the Clubs for whom they play, have gone to great lengths to ensure full compliance with federal immigration law.

“The impact of the bill signed into law in Arizona last Friday is not limited to the players on one team. The international players on the Diamondbacks work and, with their families, reside in Arizona from April through September or October. In addition, during the season, hundreds of international players on opposing Major League teams travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. And, the spring training homes of half of the 30 Major League teams are now in Arizona. All of these players, as well as their families, could be adversely affected, even though their presence in the United States is legal. Each of them must be ready to prove, at any time, his identity and the legality of his being in Arizona to any state or local official with suspicion of his immigration status. This law also may affect players who are U.S. citizens but are suspected by law enforcement of being of foreign descent.

The Major League Baseball Players Association opposes this law as written. We hope that the law is repealed or modified promptly. If the current law goes into effect, the MLBPA will consider additional steps necessary to protect the rights and interests of our members.

“My statement reflects the institutional position of the Union. It was arrived at after consultation with our members and after consideration of their various views on this controversial subject.”

More Dodgers Chicle's

Here are the base cards to the 2010 Topps Chicle set of all the Dodger cards. I really like the Russell Martin and the Jackie Robinson cards. They look great.

Chad Billingsley, #62

Jonathon Broxton, #173
There are actually 2 Campanella cards in the base set, the one below and a second card (#232) that is exactly like the cabinet card I showed yesterday.

Roy Campanella, #282

Andre Ethier, #164
Matt Kemp, #97

Clayton Kershaw, #65

James Loney, #16
Russell Martin, #38
Notice the Manny card below. He is in a vintage Brooklyn Dodger uniform.

Manny Ramirez, #307

Manny Ramirez, #10
Like the Campanella, there is a second Reese card that is an exact replica (#228) of the cabinet card I showed yesterday.

Pee Wee Reese, #278
Again, an exact replica of the cabinet card is in the base set (#235).

Jackie Robinson, #285

Duke Snider, #166

Duke Snider, #252