Pink was the color of the day in Major League Baseball on Sunday. Players wore pink cleats and pink wrist bands. Traditional jersey colors were replaced with pink letters and numbers. Many players used pink bats. The pink-a-palooza was part of ’s efforts to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer research. It was also the league’s way of “celebrating” Mother’s Day.Mothers mean so much more to baseball than as victims or potential victims of breast cancer. ’s celebration of Mother’s Day should reflect that importance. MORE: Radio host swears he's not sexist | + Star WarsBreast cancer is a terrible disease that kills approximately 40,000 women in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Among cancer deaths, only lung cancer kills more U.S. women each year. More than 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, about the same number of new prostate cancer diagnoses in men. But breast cancer isn’t necessarily a mother’s disease. In fact, women who delay childbearing, or choose not to have children at all, are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Another risk factor? Being African-American. Black women have a higher incidence of breast cancer before the age of 45 and are more likely to die of the disease.Yet that was hardly noticed by ’s Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans affected by breast cancer who’ve shown a commitment to fighting the disease. Contest winners were selected to represent each of the 30 teams. Winners whose teams played at home on Mother’s Day participated in pregame ceremonies and received pink merchandise. Judging by the photos provided by , none of the Honorary Bat Girl contest winners in 2016 are African-American. (Also, what’s with calling grown women Bat Girls?)This is not to say ’s efforts don’t help in the fight against breast cancer. How much they help, however, is unclear. The league partners with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which in turn provides funds for research, education, screening and community support. But Komen has faced political in-fighting in recent years and come under scrutiny for the way it spends the money it raises. One recent study concluded that the f

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oundation spends only 20 percent of funds on research despite its trademarked moniker “Race for the Cure.”Now imagine an Mother’s Day that celebrated all moms and focused on the sacrifices moms make to give their kids opportunities to play sports and attend sporting events. Imagine if focused on income inequality for working moms and inadequate child-care resources. Imagine if, instead of promoting and selling overpriced pink bats and pink jerseys with only a small portion of the proceeds going to a foundation, instead gave away free tickets on Mother’s Day to women and children who were victims of domestic violence.Imagine a world where celebrated that 45 percent of its fans are women and girls, at least by some measures.Good on to focus on breast cancer as an important public health issue, but there’s so much more to being a mother and a baseball fan. Make Mother’s Day about that.