LADY AT THE BAT: Sheff's Teammate Does Some Explaining

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Sheff's Teammate Does Some Explaining

From During Carlos Guillen's first year in pro ball he played DH in a rookie league game. In his first at-bat he hit a double and failed to touch first base. He was called out and was loudly admonished by his manager. "I didn't know what to say. If I had said anything, they would have sent me home. I was afraid to talk," he said. "That happens to every Latin player. They are afraid to talk."

Guillen says that this is what his teammate Gary Sheffield was talking about when he said Latin players are easier to control. The possibility (real or imagined) of being sent back to the island they came from keeps the teams that sign them in control of their livelihoods.

I doubt that any team has actually threatened a young Latin player with deportation as a punishment for not playing well. After all, they do have a financial investment in the player, even if it is a relatively small one. However, if these young men even think something like this can happen, you have to admit that teams do have some sort of control over them, even if it is indirect.

The Lady

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