Ken Rosenthal posted an article that essentially says that the Red Sox are too white. Rosenthal also wonders if this in combination with a past that contained allegations of racism towards the city may cause non-white free agents to shy away from signing with the team.
If not for the Red Sox’s past, if not for Boston’s reputation, the issue might not be even worth raising.
But the Sox carry a special burden.
They have a shameful history of discrimination, one that their present ownership group has tried to address. And a perception has long existed among some African-American athletes that Boston is hostile to players who are not white.
The question is not whether the Red Sox are turning away from blacks and Latins; in recent years, they have parted not only with high- profile Dominican stars such as Ramirez and pitcher Pedro Martinez, but also high-profile white players such as outfielder Johnny Damon and pitcher Derek Lowe.
The question is whether the Red Sox will lose players they want because of the makeup of their club, the perception of the city or both. Players generally seek comfort as well as money when they make career decisions.
Alright, first I think Ken just could not think of anything better to write about as this is an absurd topic. Therefore the rest of this post will follow this thinking. Hasn’t this “issue” already been laid to bed? In every sport, athletes that are not white have been actively coming to Boston (Randy Moss, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen,, etc).
Ken, you know what will get any talented free agent to sign in Boston the same way they have for the past 8-10 years? First, money. The Red Sox are a major market team that spends money. First and foremost that will attract any player. Second, a new ownership that is dedicated to winning. That doesn’t hurt in attracting free agents.
In the past decade the Red Sox have had stars of Hispanic heritage; Pedro Martinez, Manny Rameriz and David Ortiz. They have had the most Jewish players on the field at the same time ever; Gabe Kapler, Adam Stern, and Kevin Youkilis. African American players have become more and more rare but the Sox did sign Coco Crisp two years ago to a major deal. Now the Red Sox have had luck with Caucasian players in there farm system; Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Papelbon. Seems like a pretty diverse cast of character over the past decade.
It is utterly silly to think that the race of the current roster or something the Bill Russell said decades ago will have a profound effect on the Red Sox signing new talent.
I reiterate, that seemingly, the point of the article is that the Red Sox could likely have problems acquiring non-white talent due to their current roster. However, Rosenthal even backs down and doesn’t seem to believe himself though out the post. He ends by saying:
The Sox’s agenda is winning. They would be foolish to start acquiring mediocre non-white players to achieve greater racial balance. But frankly, my opinion doesn’t matter. The players with choices will decide.
Ken, your opinion does matter. You are a Senior Writer at Fox Sports. With the MLB playoffs in full swing it seem odd that this is best, most important thing you can blog about? I just though that this bologna had been layed to rest especially with Moss and Garnett (as far as African American players) and the Red Sox having many Hispanic players during this ownership group.
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