MLB Abandoning ‘Disabled List’
Major League Baseball is reportedly renaming its “disabled list” over concerns that the language gives the wrong impression of what it is to have a disability.
ESPN reports that the league will begin using the term “injured list” instead.
The change is intended to eliminate any suggestion that sidelined players have disabilities or that those with disabilities are somehow unable to play sports, according to ESPN.
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“The principal concern is that using the term ‘disabled’ for players who are injured supports the misconception that people with disabilities are injured and therefore are not able to participate or compete in sports,” wrote Jeff Pfeifer, Major League Baseball’s senior director of league economics and operations, in a memo to teams obtained by ESPN. “As a result, Major League Baseball has agreed to change the name ‘Disabled List’ to be the ‘Injured List’ at both the major and minor league levels.”
The report indicates that the rules for what’s been known as the disabled list will remain the same.
ESPN said the change, which is effective immediately, came at the urging of disability advocacy groups.
Other professional sports leagues use various terms including “inactive,” “injured” and “physically unable” to describe players who are hurt.