Story at a glance

  • Cleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang cost the Cleveland Indians Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
  • Chang, who is Taiwanese, on Tuesday morning posted to his Instagram and Twitter account a handful of racist messages sent to him following the game.
  • The slurs aimed at the 25-year-old come amid a sharp rise in crimes and hate incidents aimed at Asian Americans.

Cleveland Indians first baseman Yu Chang has shared racist messages he received on social media after making an error that cost his team the game Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

As both teams were tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and the White Sox had runners on first and second base, a grounder was hit over to Chang who tried to start a double play. His throw, however, hit baserunner Yasmani Grandal’s helmet and was deflected, allowing Nick Madrigal to run home for the win. 


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Chang has played for three seasons in Cleveland but only began playing first base this year. 

Chang, who is Taiwanese, on Tuesday morning posted to his Instagram and Twitter account a handful of racist messages sent to him following the game, which included epithets like “slanty eyes.” 

“Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all,” Chang tweeted with the hashtag “#StopAsianHate.”

The slurs aimed at the 25-year-old come amid a sharp rise in crimes and hate incidents aimed at Asian Americans. 

According to a recent report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased nearly 150 percent in major U.S. cities last year. 

A gunman last month shot and killed eight people at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, including six Asian women, although the shooter claims the killings were not racially motivated.


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Published on Apr 13, 2021