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Atheist Hangouts: Gabe Kapler - Religion, Health and Baseball

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Repoz Posted: May 04, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 04, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4699980)
I prayed for god to strike these guys down.

God could do nothing, so I've joined them in worshipping their god "Atheist", as he is clearly more powerful.
   2. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: May 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4699982)
God could do nothing, so I've joined them in worshipping their god "Atheist", as he is clearly more powerful.


You are doing it wrong :)
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 04, 2014 at 03:11 PM (#4700006)
A propos of nothing, but it's still kind of amusing, apparently in 2005 Kapler was the only admitted Democrat on the 25 man Red Sox roster.
   4. cardsfanboy Posted: May 04, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4700027)
A propos of nothing, but it's still kind of amusing, apparently in 2005 Kapler was the only admitted Democrat on the 25 man Red Sox roster.


How many admitted Republicans were there? Obviously Schilling, but it's not like there are a lot of ball players publicly stating their political affiliation. (When I was in the service, they would joke I was the only liberal on base...the real story was that a vast majority of people just didn't bother to speak up on the issue, and that those who did happened to just be conservatives.---in the military the upper ranks trend massively right, while the enlisted rank has a slight right lean, but not that massive)

I think athletes are a lot like a large percentage of the population and that is they have their political believes but aren't so dedicated to them, that they bother bringing it up frequently or at all. (I have four sisters and could only tell you the political leanings of two of them..and that could also be said about lots of my friends.... I know their team/sports affiliation more than their political affiliation)
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 04, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4700053)
A propos of nothing, but it's still kind of amusing, apparently in 2005 Kapler was the only admitted Democrat on the 25 man Red Sox roster.

How many admitted Republicans were there? Obviously Schilling, but it's not like there are a lot of ball players publicly stating their political affiliation.


I qualified what I wrote with "apparently" because the link to the assertion in Kapler's Wiki entry led to the Boston Herald's home page rather than to the article itself. Maybe Kapler touched on the question in that video interview, but since it's almost an hour long I'm not sure it's worth the time to find out.
   6. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 04, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4700065)
US born MLB players are disproportionately southern, white and wealthy. Even if you take the mlb out of the equation that's a GOP mix.
   7. bookbook Posted: May 04, 2014 at 07:21 PM (#4700090)

I don't know political affiliation for certain, but the number of mlb players who donate/belong to actively right wing religious organizations is fairly overwhelming. Carlos Delgado is one of the few who was clearly both left of center and "out" about it. There are dozens who are notably to the right, as well as vocal.
   8. Morty Causa Posted: May 04, 2014 at 07:48 PM (#4700099)
   9. Perry Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4700399)
I remember years ago somebody -- Jayson Stark? -- asking Jeff Blauser if he thought any of his teammates were Democrats and he looked around the clubhouse and said "I'd be surprised if any of them were registered to vote." Which is about what I always figured about ballplayers.
   10. bunyon Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4700410)
Perry, that's a good line.
   11. Sunday silence Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4700416)
US born MLB players are disproportionately southern, white and wealthy. Even if you take the mlb out of the equation that's a GOP mix


This is leaving out some important demographics. Namely that these guys are also young and mostly college educated. These groups tend to skew a little more liberal.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4700417)
Too bad there's no song commemorating this.

well, there's side 4 of this album. (I mean, it's not very GOOD, but it was at least an attempt)
   13. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4700419)
These days, quite a few of them are rich enough to buy their own politicians, anyway.
   14. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 05, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4700420)
mostly college educated.


Honest question; is that true? With no research whatsoever I would guess about a 60:40 mix skewing towards "drafted right out of high school" for US-born MLB players. I could be wildly wrong.

EDITED for clarity
   15. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 05, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4700466)
This is leaving out some important demographics. Namely that these guys are also young and mostly college educated.


Well, you could argue that many of them went to college, at least. How educated they left as "student-athletes" is a matter for the imagination.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 05, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4700479)

I don't know political affiliation for certain, but the number of mlb players who donate/belong to actively right wing religious organizations is fairly overwhelming.


Surprisingly, the owners skew left. I posted a few weeks ago a list of what candidates MLB owners have donated to, and a decent majority of them tend to donate to Dems. A lot of it could be for self-preservation (they own businesses in cities which tend to be represented by Dems), but it was contrary to what I originally believed.


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