Some are complaining about the color of Major League Baseball players these days.
Joe Morgan worries about the face of baseball. Watching the World Series, the Hall of Famer is troubled by what he sees.
His old team, the Houston Astros, is down 3-0 to the Chicago White Sox, but it’s not their lineup that concerns Morgan. It’s their makeup.
The Astros are the first World Series team in more than a half-century with a roster that doesn’t include a single black player.
“Of course I noticed it. How could you not?'’ Morgan said while the Astros took batting practice before the opener in Chicago. “But they’re not the only ones. There are two or three teams that didn’t have any African-American players this year.”
Morgan says he noticed the “problem” while he was watching batting practice. So Morgan most likely saw Taveras, Vizcaino and Astacio warming up. Why did he summarily discount their “blackness”? Is it because they’re not from Africa? How many “black” players in major league baseball are actually from Africa? I mean, where does Derek Jeter fit into Morgan’s PC matrix? Afterall, he has a black father and a white mother.
How would Joe Morgan rule on this?
And what about these folks?
The Morgan article goes on to quote stats on “blacks” and remind us that the “last World Series team without a black player was the 1953 New York Yankees”. But again, the Astros had players who were black… so what’s the issue?
Maybe I should start complaining about the racial composition of the NBA. Have you SEEN that league lately? It’s just unfair to us pigment-impaired-non-european-caucasian-americans. And besides, those NBA players make much more than the average, meager salary of a MLB player.
But can you imagine if the race roles were reversed between the two leagues? I’m sure instead of complaining about the number of players in MLB, Morgan would be focusing on the disparity in salaries between the two leagues and blaming it on the legacy of racial inequality in America.
Morgan and the rest of the PC police can stop worrying now. Apparently teams “only made up of honkeys” suck anyway.
Ahhh, if only we’d had some of them black fellas.