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Torii Hunter is a racist

March 12, 2010

What an idiot

Dear Torii Hunter,

I used to respect you. Actually, I kinda admired you as a ball player. I thought you played the game the way it was meant to be played, with integrity and pride. You were one of the good guys. Those days are done though. You’re officially on my shit list.

In a USA Today article, Hunter said “People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African-American. They’re not us. They’re impostors. Even people I know come up and say: ‘Hey, what color is Vladimir Guerrero? Is he a black player?’ I say, ‘Come on, he’s Dominican. He’s not black.’

“As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us. It’s like they had to get some kind of dark faces, so they go to the Dominican or Venezuela because you can get them cheaper. It’s like, ‘Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?’ … I’m telling you, it’s sad.”

Being of Hispanic descent, I’m completely offended by his statement. Imposters? Are you serious? Not only were his comments misguided, ignorant and flat out retarded, they were COMPLETELY RACIST.

Let’s put the shoe on the other foot for a moment. If Larry Bird came out and said, “There are no white players in the NBA because, why would a general manager go and get a white player, when you can go to the ghetto, grab a black kid, pay him in quarter waters and fried chicken, and get the same kind of production?”

Al Sharpton would be picketing in front of Bird’s house with Jesse Jackson before Bird could finish the sentence. And fairly so, because that statement is riddled with racism.

And so was Hunter’s.

The reason why there are fewer white players in the NBA than blacks, is the same reason there are more latin and white players in MLB than blacks: There is a vast differential in talent and better talent translates into more money.

Baseball is a multi-billion dollar industry. If you want to maximize your profit, you have to maximize your talent. If that means grabbing, white, latin or Asian players over a black one, then so be it. No one clamors over there being few white players in the NBA. And why you may ask? Because when running a business like a sports franchise, owners need to pick the best talent to maximize dollars, and in basketball, black players are just more talented, thus more money in owners’ pockets.

The “…you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips … I’m telling you, it’s sad.”

A bag of chips? Really? He might as well said, “…for a plate of platanos and rice and beans.” Well, here are some Latin players making a bag of chips…Johan Santana, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez…Oh yeah, Cuban pitching sensation Aroldis Chapman just got a $30 million paycheck, and didn’t play one game in the majors yet. I’d love a bag of chips like that.

Maybe Hunter should just face the facts. It’s not a racist, collusive plot by owners to ban blacks from baseball. Maybe there’s just better talent out there from other ethnicities. Is that so hard to believe?

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6 comments

  1. I’m fuckin’ wit Torii


    • bet u wouldnt if he said that about philippino players…fuck torii hunter


  2. I wouldnt call him racist, just idiotic, clueless and ignorant.

    What are players thinking sometimes when they open their mouths?


  3. FILIPINO…. come on man .. seriously the guy said some comments regarding colors in baseball.. I don’t think the dude is a “racist” thats pushing it a tad far.. if he said some shit like kill white people and all those associated with them, then the label “racist” would be fitting…not over these bullshit comments made by an overpaid athlete


  4. or what Will said..idiotic, clueless and ignorant


  5. being ignorant can’t be an excuse for racism. turn the tables around, and have a white guy say this about black players and it would be a different story. Period. sorry luke, i meant Filipino.



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