Making something out of nothing

April 14, 2010

Orlando Hudson is missing the ball

On Tuesday, Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson (the player I begged the Mets to sign) recited his best Torii Hunter impression, implying in an interview with Yahoo Sports that MLB teams turn their back on ageing black free-agent players.  Hudson used Jermaine Dye as an example, who has still not signed with a team despite hitting 27 homers last season.    

“You see guys like Jermaine Dye without a job,” Hudson told Yahoo. “Guy with [good numbers] and can’t get a job. Pretty much sums it up right there, no? You’ve got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5 [million], $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can’t get a job. A guy like Gary Sheffield, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, can’t get a job.”  

“We both know what it is. You’ll get it right. You’ll figure it out. I’m not gonna say it because then I’ll be in [trouble],” Hudson said.  



What Hudson failed to mention is that Jermaine Dye already has turned down three offers from three different teams.  Furthermore, Dye was horrendous the second-half of last season batting a whopping .179 with 7 HR’s after mid-July. Baseball is a game of “what have you done lately?” and aging veterans are scrutinized even further.  It becomes a guessing game of slump vs diminishing skills and unfortunately Dye performed poorly at a crucial time.  There are plenty of teams who could use a Jermaine Dye but they are not going to overpay for a 36 year-old DH.   

Oh yeah, and the White Sox GM, who didn’t re-sign Jermaine Dye, is black. 

I won’t even address Gary Sheffield as it’s pretty obvious why nobody wants him on their team.  It comes to a certain point where your lack of production won’t allow you to disrupt club-houses anymore.  

Kenny Lofton, Ray Durham, and Frank Thomas are recent examples of older African-American players who left the game prematurely rather than settle for offers they deemed inferior. But I’d like to ask Mr. Hudson if black players receive less interest in free-agency, then how come the 37 year-old Mike Cameron received a two-year contract from the Red Sox?    Didn’t Ken Griffey Jr. just sign on for another year as well?  Or what about yourself, who at age 33 just received a contract from the Twins?  

The same “phenomenon” that Hudson alludes to is occurring with older white players as well.  

Last season, Brewers outfielder Jim Edmonds and Indians infielder Mark Grudzielanek both sat out when they did not receive suitable offers — and returned in 2010 only after agreeing to minor-league deals.  Jarrod Washburn, a 36 year-old pitcher who had a sub four ERA last season, is currently without a contract and will likely sit out or retire.     

Class acts of any color will thrive in baseball- Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, Griffey, etc……I could go on forever.  Old declining players and clubhouse/team cancers will not.  

There are so many idiotic racists in this world that we don’t need a fabricated racial issue.   So, shut the f*ck up Orlando Hudson and attempt to earn the contract you signed this past off-season.  Because so far, your .229 batting average is not cutting it.



  1. the R word always sparks interest regarding these articles and frankly i think its unjustified… like Torri Hunter this dude is ignorant and just does not plain think about his words before he speaks… i dont think its racism or him being racist..its him being an idiot

  2. It’s obviously a race issue or it wouldn’t be talked about in that manner.
    Hudson might not be a racist, but if he thinks Dye doesn’t have a job or was put on the back-burner because he’s black (which obviously isn’t the issue), then that’s a form of reverse racism.
    Baseball just isn’t a trendy sport like it was in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s when black players thrived. It might still be America’s past time, but it doesn’t mean youngsters(both black and white) would rather pick up a bat over a football, basketball, or even a skateboard or a computer.
    I just can’t wait for the day where the race card can’t be pulled out from all angles. Ignorance and racism are horrible mixture.

  3. Steve, I agree with what you said but baseball still is the most played sport in America. I mean, the MLB has at least 5 different minor-league teams for each organization. Thats 30 times 5 which equals 150 baseball teams at a professional level. There are 25 players to each team (might be more in the minors, not sure) so do the math…baseball is on another level in terms of popularity.

    The NBA only has a D-League and football has nada unless you count Arena Football.

    There are also far more Little League’s across the country than pee-wee football teams and cyo basketball leagues.

    Is baseball not as popular as football and basketball in inner cities? Yes, there are facts to back that up. But nation-wide its still booming…

    BTW, I wasn’t implying that Hudson was racist. Don’t think he is (altho I don’t know him personally.) Just got pissed off at his comments…

  4. lol what is reverse racism?? i agree whole heartedly with your comments..but african american players thrived in those eras because they were just allowed to play in the mlb in 1947 and that was just Jackie Robinson… teams even at that time were still skeptical about letting AA’s play baseball..it took the Red Sox close to 14 years to allow intergrated teams..which is sad as shit…baseball is more of a financial thing with players now a days..equipment and spaces to play are harder for the poorer classes which includeds AA’s, hispanics and other minorities..MLB players of all races should contribute more to youth baseball programs for underprivledged folks like the NBA and NFL do…the majority of baseball programs across the country are for the middle to upper class which consist of more whites than minorities.

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