04-14-2012, 12:16 AM #61
04-14-2012, 12:18 AM #62
04-14-2012, 12:30 AM #63
Of course this also has to do with the fact that the Twins have a closer fetish. And not in the innocent "oh your feet turn me on" way. Its in the "proven closers turn me on" way.
The article wants to point out that we like "our own" more. That is true when it comes to relationships. I believe that the order of preference is race, economic class, and religion (could be wrong). But our mates are not our ball players. Minnesotans loved Torii. They will REALLY LOVE Sano. Hell, they love Revere.
There is some value to the original article, yes. But it is only in opening discussion not in actually being truthful. And clearly that is worthy of discussion.
04-14-2012, 08:59 AM #64
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I'm sorry, but this piece is ridiculous. Yes, racism is still real, and it is a sensitive and complex topic. But just because racism is a serious topic does not mean that we are required to take every accusation of racism seriously.
I do not see a shred of evidence that MLB front offices are, as the author suggests, more focused on constructing a team that mirrors the racial makeup of the local fan base so that they'll spend more money than in fielding the best team possible within their budget.
Plenty of counterexamples have already been provided to refute the claim that there is a pattern with the Twins.
Certainly, there can be individual cases like Mauer where the fact that he's a beloved local boy plays into the equation. But would if Mauer were black, would he not be here anymore? Would the Twins have traded him or let him walk? We'll never know, but I seriously doubt it. Puckett was beloved by the fan base.
And suppose Hunter were white. Would the Twins have coughed up that kind of contract to keep him? I doubt it. And it's not like Hunter was replaced by a white guy. In fact, they traded for Delmon Young at least in part because they felt they needed another right-handed bat in the lineup to replace Hunter's production.
04-14-2012, 09:05 AM #65
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I read about half of the first page before realizing the rest aren't worth my time.
I would like to add that, as a white American, I am a little offended when the Twins never shell out big bucks to white Americans during the international signing period.
Sense the sarcasm, and let's move on.