‘We have to be proactive’: Former farmhand Scruggs returns to Cardinals as consultant, to foster diversity initiatives

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Scruggs is spending time this week in Jupiter, Fla., at the team’s minor-league camp, and exploring with John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, how the position will evolve.

The Cardinals have a DEI committee on the business side, and Scruggs has been in contact with officials throughout the club to understand their goals and ongoing initiatives. It’s a human resources-type position — but for the clubhouse as players become more vocal and social media becomes more prevalent as an outlet for players and their opinions and causes. The 2020 season heard more baseball players become involved in speaking about racial injustice and saw outreach groups like the Players Alliance increase the sport’s presence in those discussions. Major League Baseball became a prominent part of the debate on political advocacy by removing the All-Star Game from Atlanta due to a new voting law. And this past week, Cleveland infield Yu Chang shared on social media that he had received racist messages after committing an error in a loss.

Asked about adding the role specifically for baseball operations, Mozeliak wrote it was important “because he works specifically with baseball and is a resource for players. Perhaps in time it will grow or expand.”

“Mo and I have talked a lot about being proactive when we have an opportunity,” said Scruggs, who has joined other Black players working through the Players Alliance. “We don’t want to sit back and wait as something happens, somebody says the wrong thing. We don’t want to wait to have these conversations. We want the Cardinals staff, organization, and players to be prepared ahead of time when it comes to using your voice, when it comes to correct messaging, when it comes to understanding what is going on. We have to be proactive with that.”

Region: Metro East,News,City: St. Louis, MO

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April 17, 2021 at 11:27PM

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