The morning after his throwing error led to his team’s losing a game to the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland’s Yu Chang tweeted on Tuesday about racist messages he had received on social media in reaction to the mistake.
“Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way,” Chang said of the messages. “I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all.”
The tweet included screenshots of hateful messages and the hashtag #StopAsianHate. Two of the accounts Chang highlighted appear to have been deleted, and a third was made private.
Chang, 25, is Taiwanese. He has played parts of three seasons for Cleveland, and Monday’s game was just his fifth career start at first base. The messages came as the United States is experiencing an unnerving increase in reports of anti-Asian violence.
The play in question came in the ninth inning of a game that was tied at 3-3. Chang, who has primarily played third base, fielded a one-out grounder from Nick Williams and tried to force Yasmani Grandal out at second base. Chang’s throw glanced off Grandal’s helmet and skipped over to the left side of the infield, allowing Nick Madrigal, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Chicago, to score from second.