Los Angeles Angels

The MLB Imposters

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25:  Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the sixth inning of Game Six of the ALCS against the New York Yankees during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 25, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Joshua ReeseContributor IMarch 20, 2010

 

Imposters? Latinos?? What is Torri Hunter talking about? Well here is his direct quote “Fans look down from their seats onto the baseball field, see dark-colored skin and might assume they are African-American players. But increasingly, the players instead hail from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico or Venezuela. People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they're African American," Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter says. "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," Hunter says. "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."

          Mr. Hunter, your closed mindedness is what is sad, not the amount of African Americans players in baseball. In reality Torii, there is no conspiracy. Baseball is not sending mandates to the Major League Ball clubs that every Latin player you sign must change his name last name to Hunter, Johnson, or Smith.  Get smart Torii! Baseball is not shunning the African American player. Baseball’s doors are open to anyone that wants to play, be they black, white, brown, dark brown, or green. The fact is that baseball is becoming more and more world wide, and the smaller the world gets through the internet as well as easier travel, the more non-American players there will be. In the future the best athletes might not even come from the good ole Red, White, and Blue. Please listen to the voice in you head next time. The voice is screaming and shouting to you to close your mouth. The voice is trying to tell you you’re losing respect and fans!

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