Cleveland Indians infielder Yu Chang revealed he received racist social media messages following his throwing error in his team’s 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
“Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all. #StopAsianHate,” Chang posted Tuesday morning on Twitter.
Chang, a native of Taiwan, accompanied a screenshot with four anti-Asian racist messages he reportedly received from three different users.
Chang’s attempt to secure a force at second base was unsuccessful after his throw hit Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal in the helmet in the ninth inning. The ball caromed toward the left side of the infield, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run on the play.
Chang, 25, is currently in his third season with the Indians. He was playing at first base at the time of the error, although he primarily has played at either shortstop or third base during his time with the club.
Hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen 145 percent in major U.S. cities over the past year, per the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Last month, a white man killed eight people — including six of Asian descent — in a series of shootings at Atlanta-area spas.
–Field Level Media