The latest edition of the New England Baseball Journal podcast includes interviews with former Boston College pitcher and current Seattle Mariners starter Justin Dunn along with his college coach, Mike Gambino.
Dunn, a first-round selection by the New York Mets in the 2016 MLB Draft, has made a commitment to using his platform as a Black professional athlete to speak out about issues of racial injustice and police brutality.
“Personally, I just got to a point where enough was enough,” Dunn said. “This has been happening for so long and I’ve always had my own opinions. But because of the stage I was at in my career and always thinking about what other people would think … or that it would take away from the game, I didn’t want to jeopardize that.”
Dunn talks about his experience as one of the lone African American baseball players on just about every team he’s ever played for, including The Gunnery Academy in Cheshire, Conn., and Boston College.