First I will say that I believe racism exists in baseball and life, simple as that.
But quite a few examples that they stated in the article are not racist.
“When you have a private hitting instructor, private pitching instructor, you work at a facility since you’re 13, you’re going to be more advanced and have an advantage to be more polished over some other guys who don’t,” said a National League executive who, like others interviewed, declined to be named in order avoid speaking on behalf of their organizations.
That is 100% about money, if you think only blacks can't afford private instruction, that is on you. similar to if somebody says the word thug and the first thing that comes to your mind is a black person, that makes you the racist not the person that said it, since they could be talking about people of all different color.(just so I don't offend people the person that said it could be racist as well)
“[Black players] may come from places where they don’t get the opportunity to play year-round with the expensive travel ball teams and things of that nature where there are guys polishing their skills year-round, as well as maybe they’re spending time playing other sports and it doesn’t allow them to be as polished at baseball.”
again 100% about having the money to afford that.
"We’re talking through a player, a white kid at Duke, and no one says a peep. When there’s a Black high school kid, someone asks, ‘What do we know about the makeup of this guy?’ Just the mere assumption that that’s a question is an inherent bias in my mind.”
The only way this is racist is if those same people don't ask the same questions if the roles are reversed.
Most of the first part of the article I can agree with, you shouldn't only use certain terms/words because of skin color. You can be white, athletic, weak and raw. Just as you can be black polished and have a high baseball IQ.
Scouts or really anybody should be using the same terms/words for players regardless of skin color, then they can accurately scout players and create the best team/organization.
But I think we probably can agree baseball and most sports are hardest for those that socioeconomically disadvantaged.