Jewish group convinced MLB to change ‘disabled list’ to ‘injured list’
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Jewish group convinced MLB to change ‘disabled list’ to ‘injured list’

Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group, campaigned for the name change for months, saying it creates an incorrect stereotype about the disabled

A trainer attends to New York Yankees' Luis Cessa, center, after he was injured on a play at first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A trainer attends to New York Yankees' Luis Cessa, center, after he was injured on a play at first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

JTA — Major League Baseball’s disabled list will be renamed the “injured list,” after the intervention of advocacy groups for the disabled, including the Link20 Network of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

The MLB made the announcement public on Thursday, after ESPN broke the news. A memo of the name change had been distributed to teams in December, according to ESPN.

The rules will remain the same, with a 10-day list for short-term injuries and a 60-day list for more serious problems.

In the months leading up to the decision, Link20, a Ruderman Family Foundation global social movement of young activists who promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, campaigned for the change and reached out to the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert Manfred, to recognize that athletes who sustain injuries are simply injured and not disabled.

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, second from left, is patted on the shoulder by teammate Wilmer Difo (1) while being carted off the field after he injured his leg while covering first base on a ground ball hit by New York Mets’ Jose Bautista during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

“Using the term “Disabled List” for players who are injured reinforces the belief that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in any sports. This perception is misleading and incorrect and has the unfortunate connotation that people with disabilities cannot take part in any professional sports. As we all know, there are many professional athletes with disabilities in all major sports in the US and in the world,” the Link 20 letter sent to Manfred read.

Deputy commissioner Dan Halem specifically cited Link20 as helping to effect the change.

Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates around the world for the inclusion of people with disabilities, praised the decision. “I’m impressed with the respectful consideration of Major League Baseball as to why the term ‘disabled list’ is offensive to people who are permanently disabled,” he said Friday in a statement.

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