Many expressed their disappointment at MLB for the donation to Hyde-Smith, including sports journalist Jemele Hill, who tweeted:
But please MLB, do continue to tell us how much people of color matter and the importance of Jackie Robinson’s legacy … https://t.co/fUzfCmi8OJ
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 25, 2018
On Sunday morning, due to backlash, MLB said it would ask for its donation back:
From MLB spokesperson, about the $5,000 donation to Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith: "The contribution was made in connection with an event that MLB lobbyists were asked to attend. MLB has requested that the contribution be returned."
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 25, 2018