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Scorekeeping: subtle racism, cliches and bad catchphrases in baseball

I was thinking the other day about all of the subtle code words announcers use to be subversively racist.  I don’t think it’s intentional on their parts, it’s just ingrained into the fabric of the game and American language.  Kenny Lofton never hustled; Lance Berkman never didn’t run out a grounder. These sort of things you don’t realize until you’re made aware of them.

Anyway, I want to keep track of that this year.  Any time you hear one of these, note the date and time and who said it and post it here.

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