Score one for love and peace as MLB is set to battle racism by implementing a universal code of conduct for fans in all ballparks starting next season.
The call for a code of conduct for fans got fast tracked in the quarterly meeting of owners last week in Chicago, almost two months after Baltimore Orioles’ center fielder Adam Jones heard racial taunts at Fenway Park in Boston.
“We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks,” said MLB spokesman Michael Teevan.
Right now, each team employ different rules and regulations regarding fan conduct but the league wants a standard set of basic rules across the league.
“We want to make sure we know what exactly what the clubs are doing before we start recommending changes,” said league commissioner Robert Manfred after the taunts on Jones in May.
“Obviously our goal is to have an environment in all 30 ballparks that is welcoming to fans of all racial backgrounds. We work hard to have a family-friendly and diversity-friendly environment and we will continue to do that.”
A day after the racial slur on Jones, officials at Fenway Park issued a lifetime ban on a man who was overheard saying disgusting things to describe a Kenyan woman who sang the US national anthem.