MLB notes: Mets leave Natives feeling 'marginalized'

The sun sets during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets at Citi Field...

The sun sets during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 1, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (AFP)

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The New York Mets, a team playing under-.500 baseball despite boasting a payroll of close to $100 million, are striking out off the field as well.

Non-profit American Indian Community House withdrew its commitment to participate in the Mets' Native American Heritage Day, a themed day scheduled for July 25.

The AICH is upset because the Mets failed to realize they were hosting the Atlanta Braves on July 25. Once they did, they decided to reduce the day's activities, including nixing singing and dancing outside the stadium.

"Being a non-profit in the city, we're not in the business of making enemies," Kevin Tarrant, deputy director of the AICH, told the New York Times. "This whole thing wasn't even our idea. But it just feels like we're being marginalized again within our own community."

The Braves nickname has been the subject of debate for years and the optics of a Native American organization parading through the streets before a Braves game isn't pretty.

In March, AICH was approached by the Mets about helping organize the heritage day at Citi Field. The group, which, according to its website, aims to "increase the visibility of American Indian cultures in an urban setting," was on board.

DAULTON HAS BRAIN CANCER

Darren Daulton, a 15-year MLB catcher, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

The 51-year-old, who spent all but one of his seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, has an aggressive form of the cancer called glioblastoma.

"It saddens me, but I'll remain optimistic," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro told reporters prior to Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals. "I know he's probably got a tough road ahead of him, but I hope it goes well."

On July 2, Daulton had surgery to remove a pair of tumours in his brain.

A three-time all-star and 1997 World Series champion as a member of the Florida Marlins, Daulton is considered by many to be one of the best leaders in Phillies history.

BRIEFLY

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed second-baseman Neil Walker (right side soreness) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday ... New York Mets announced Tuesday pitcher Shaun Marcum (thoracic outlet syndrome) will undergo season-ending surgery next week.


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