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Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi: More action needed to stop racist incidents

Joe Maddon and Joe Girardi both articulated their thoughts on racist behavior from fans at MLB ballparks, a dialogue of course sparked by the events of Monday night at Fenway Park. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said he was subjected to racial slurs and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him.

Both the Red Sox organization (here) and Major League Baseball (here) have since condemned the actions of those select few.

The Chicago Cubs manager and New York Yankees skipper nevertheless argued for zero-tolerance policies to help rid the game of these kind of incdients.

“Whatever it takes,” Maddon said, via CBS Chicago. “I’d be to the point where even if I heard a fan, if you can prove it somehow, that fan is never allowed in the ballpark. How? I don’t even know how that would happen. But somehow. The more you get into legislation, the more you create rules, the more difficult, a lot of times, it is to enact. So you have to really think this out well.

“Those people should not be welcome there (or) any place else. But it’s like anything else, there’s not a simple solution. But if there’s something you don’t like and you consider it a legitimate problem, don’t just table it. Just keep working at it until you find somewhat of a solution that’s workable.”

Girardi called for a “level of decency” out of fans.

“It’s sad to me because we’re all people,” Girardi said, via NJ.com. “I can understand getting on a player because he has a different uniform, but not getting on a player because he’s a different color. That bothers me, people stoop to those levels. There’s children in the stands, and I know it happens other places, it does.

“… There’s no room for that in sports. Again, I understand people getting on players because they’re on the other side. I can get that,” Girardi said. “But I think there has to be a level of decency when you’re trying to do it, because there are other fans that don’t want to hear it, shouldn’t hear it.”