Why Kapler donated Friday's salary to The Players Alliance


Gabe Kapler is putting his money behind his words and actions.

The Giants manager announced Friday on Twitter that he would donate his salary from the day to The Players Alliance, a group of more than 100 Black professional baseball players who are trying to use their platform to create change and equality in the sport.

Before the Giants opened a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Friday, Kapler was asked about why he decided to make the donation.

"What stands out to me the most is we talk about having the difficult discussions and we continue to work toward that," Kapler told media members on a Zoom conference call. "I think we can always do a better job and have more of them, but we're moving in the right direction. We're using our voices and our platforms to create change.

"And finally, there are action steps. I think the Players Alliance, right now, is doing an outstanding job of not just speaking up but making a difference in the community and fighting systemic racism and promoting racial equality. And I know a lot of the members of The Players Alliance and trust that the work that they are doing is going to make a difference, and I just want to be a supportive part in that."

Kapler, in his first year with the Giants, has been outspoken in his support for social and racial equality in society and in baseball.

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On Opening Day in Los Angeles, Kapler took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustices.