MLB stars to compete in charity Fortnite tournament with gamers, fans

Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The suspension of the 2020 MLB season has taken away the yearly tradition of Jackie Robinson Day. Fortunately, MLB players and managers have found a way to honor Jackie Robinson’s legacy in a unique way and will be raising money for a great cause on Wednesday.

New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried will be among a handful of MLB stars joining with pro gamers and fans in a Fortnite tournament on Wednesday. The event, which will be broadcast on Twitch, will benefit the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The broadcast will also feature more stars from around baseball. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone are expected to make appearances on the broadcast. Smith will also be joined by Mets teammate Robinson Cano as the friends come together for a great cause.

At a time when traditional sports has come to a complete stop, eSports is filling the void for fans seeking entertainment. MLB continues to embrace video games in recent weeks, including hosting a tournament with a player from each team. All of these events, which fans can find on YouTube and Twitch, are providing fans with enjoyment, players with some opportunities to compete and raising money for incredible charities.

While everyone wants baseball to return, it will likely be a few months before we see players back on the diamond. Until MLB returns, things like this are exactly what everyone needs and we can only hope even more are coming.