Scorekeeping: Subtle Racism in Baseball, the 2011 thread.

Here’s the 2010 thread. Here’s the 2010 review parts I and II.

If you want a quick catch up, here’s what we’re doing.

We’re taking any instances in which a black, white, latino or asian player was belittled or praised for hustle, or lack thereof, or any other instances that may have a mildly racist connotation.

The major incidents are incidents that are without a doubt in clear view. This is almost exclusively benching for lack of hustle by a team’s manager or trading a player with mildly racist or xenophobic reasoning (attitude, behavior or the dreaded “clubhouse cancer”). Yunel Escobar being traded for attitude issues last year is one example.

The minor incidents are any incident in which a sports columnist, blogger, player, manager, coach, farm hand, broadcaster, groundskeeper, anonymous fan or sentient television says something with racist undertones. This is less scientific and more because we’re bitchy gossipers. However, I do keep a spreadsheet of who said what for fun.

These work both ways, though. We’re not looking for black players called lazy, we’re looking for white players called lazy; we’re looking for white players called out for lack of hustle and black players praised for hustle. If you want to see examples of either, please click the above links.

Without further ado, let’s get started in the comments section. As soon as you hear something, please post it.

Happy Opening Day, everyone.



Filed under MLB, MLB history, Scorekeeping

4 responses to “Scorekeeping: Subtle Racism in Baseball, the 2011 thread.

  1. madeleine

    Would now be a weird time to mention that I am going to pitch a sociology paper taking how players are described in prospect reports by the media and scouts to see if there are any adjectives that appear more often based on a player’s race? This is really cool! Would you mind if I shared this with my sociology professor?

  2. Jeff M.

    Andrew McCutchen got benched today by Clint Hurdle for a “lack of hustle” running out a ground ball Wednesday Night.

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