"I still don't buy that Terry Ryan and final decisions would be based upon what Minnesotans prefer. "
I don't think TR makes his decisions based on what Minnesotans prefer, either. BUT I do think that marketing factors have played a role in the baseball decisions. I don't think that the Twins look only at baseball statistics in making their decisions -- I think that character and the way a player fits into the team and community also play a factor. AND, when it comes to the big $$$ contracts, I think that they have to be looking at the player's marketability. How much $$$ will that player bring in from merchandise sales? Will signing him boost ticket sales? I think most people think that those factors played a significant role in the size of the Mauer contract.
And, I have a hard time believing that the Scouts got Nishioka THAT wrong. I have to think that opening up the Japanese market played some role in his signing.
So yes, I think that the front office is influenced by factors other than baseball skills -- and subconsciously that may include race. I'm definitely not saying that race is the only factor and I'm not saying that there is any empirical evidence suggesting that it is even a determining factor. But I don't think you can say with certainty that race has no influence when they think about marketability.
Having said all that, I think that TR is probably less influenced by marketing factors than Bill Smith was.
lol... Once again everything you say is pointless to argue with because it makes perfect sense.
Stats - Yes
Character - Yes
Community Involvement - Yes
Marketability - Yes
I just don't believe that Minnesotans as a whole would care enough about race in this context enough to move the needle in the wrong direction and the thought of that... gives me the chills.
Now if the discussion is... If Minnesotans as a whole would personally hire minorities... rent to... walk dark streets at night with or trust their unattended running car in the vicinity of as a whole. Well, Minnesotans can be as clueless as every other state in that department. That's the stuff that needs the light shined upon it because Norwegian descendants could steal your car as well.
In Sports... The state would flood with Ichiro Jerseys... Jose Reyes Jerseys... Matt Kemp Jerseys...
Just like the do with Adrian Peterson Jerseys.
Now Delmon Young wasn't going to be given a deal because he was Delmon Young. Tom Herr wasn't going to get a deal either because he was Tom Herr.
So again if True... The Front Office decision makers are idiots if they sub-consciously make decisions in this sense. I'm not arguing with you... because I think you think the same. At least I think you think that I think what you think.