NFL Players Coalition writes op-ed piece asking President Trump for policy change

A group of NFL players responded Thursday to President Donald Trump’s challenge that they present him with a list of people who have been unfairly treated by the justice system and should be pardoned.

Players Coalition leaders Doug Baldwin, Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins and Benjamin Watson penned an op-ed piece that was published in The New York Times. They also were among several NFL players who produced short video pleas on social media, asking for Trump to change policies that have led to overly long sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

Players credited Trump for recently commuting the life sentence of 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender who had served more than 20 years in prison, after celebrity Kim Kardashian West helped plead her case.

These injustices are so widespread as to seem practically written into our nation’s DNA. We must challenge these norms, investigate the reasons for their pervasiveness and fight with all we have to change them. That is what we, as football players, are trying to do with our activism.

Granderson does not play everyday, getting a bulk of his at-bats against right-handed pitching and it is working out well for Toronto. In 133 plate appearances, Granderson owns a 133 wRC+ with three home runs and 14 RBI. To date, Granderson’s fWAR (0.6) is worth $5.4 million making this investment one that the Jays can say balances (somewhat) the poor decision on Garcia.

Holland held out for a multiyear deal that never came and the Cardinals got sucked into the idea of riding the right-hander closer for a season. He might not make it through the All-Star break at the pace he is allowing runs in St. Louis. Holland missed a good portion of spring training, so from that respect a slow start would have been easy to predict.

However, things are only getting worse and Holland’s ERA now stands at 6.35 (45 ERA+) with a 2.6 WHIP (not a typo). Batters are ripping Holland to the tune of a .321 batting average and .923 OPS. The biggest number the Cardinals are concerned with is the $2.7 million in the red Holland’s -0.3 fWAR has put them from the standpoint of performance value to date.

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