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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Anonymous scout dog whistles like crazy about Odubel Herrera

Sports Illustrated’s Phillies preview contains an anonymous scout’s quote about outfielder Odubel Herrera. The quote was so bad — so full of old school racist dog whistling you used to so often hear about athletes of color — that SI went back and softened up the quote a few minutes ago.

Here’s the original version, answering the question, “Name the guy (or guys) on this team you would never want in your clubhouse.”

Herrera. I’m an old-school guy who likes guys who run balls out and run off and on the field and are focused on playing the game the right way. He’s the antithesis of Brett Gardner. He’s like a clown. From what I understand, it was a controversial signing internally, because none of their baseball people could stomach him, but Matt Klentak liked him because he’s a likable goofball kid. So they ended up putting the cash in his pocket, and what they’ve gotten out of it is a f****** dog who’s hurt them more than helped them.

The whole SI preview has some pretty hot takes (and some info that is just wrong) from Anonymous Scout.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: March 28, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5826241)
What's a scout dog?
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 28, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5826258)
What's a scout dog?

It's what the army sends out on reconnaissance to look for ham fighters.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: March 28, 2019 at 02:45 PM (#5826259)
What's a scout dog?
When a Boy Scout troop adopts a dog from the local shelter, the first thing they do is teach it to whistle like crazy.
   4. BrianBrianson Posted: March 28, 2019 at 03:34 PM (#5826327)
He’s like a clown.

That's a clown simile, bro.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 28, 2019 at 03:58 PM (#5826351)
I always thought it was well-accepted that SI makes up these "anonymous scouts" and the quotes are from their own writers
   6. Davo Posted: March 28, 2019 at 04:17 PM (#5826363)
Ain’t no rule says a dog can’t scout baseball.
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 28, 2019 at 07:28 PM (#5826458)
I always thought it was well-accepted that SI makes up these "anonymous scouts" and the quotes are from their own writers

I doubt that's a regular practice. It's a grave violation of ethics, for one thing -- which, believe it or not, most journalists take very seriously. Even sports ones.

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