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.