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Friday, April 14, 2017

The African-American talent pool remains a troubling problem for baseball

Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen, in a MLB Network roundtable airing Sunday at 8 p.m. (ET), issues a telling response when host Harold Reynolds mentions that teams rarely include as many as six black players anymore.

“The question is, why?” McCutchen says.

He then raises his right arm and rubs his thumb against his other fingers, making the universal gesture for money.

“This right here, this right here,” McCutchen says, continuing to gesture. “This is the main reason that you don’t see it anymore.

“It starts at a young age in the game of baseball. If you can’t afford it, if you can’t pay for it, we’re thrown away, we’re thrown out, we move to something else.”

McCutchen is talking about the culture of youth baseball, which is shutting out low-income players of all races due to the rising costs of showcases and travel ball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 10:43 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, race

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ian Kinsler Performs Damage Control After Racially-Infused Comments

Ian Kinsler came under fire on social media on Wednesday for some suggestive comments he made before the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.

(The United States, led by Kinsler, would go on to beat Puerto Rico, 8-0.)

“I hope kids watching the WBC can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays,” Kinsler told the New York Times. “That’s not taking anything away from them. That just wasn’t the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way.”

After the game, Kinsler clarified that he has nothing against Latino players or the exuberant manner in which they play.

“What I said was that American kids can watch American players play, Puerto Rican kids can watch Puerto Rican players play, Venezuelan kids can watch Venezuelan guys play, and that’s who they emulate. That’s who they watch. That’s who they want to be like,” he told ESPN. “There’s nothing wrong with an American kid watching a Puerto Rican player and wanting to be like them, or a Puerto Rican kid watching an American player and wanting to play that way.


 

 

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