April 2010

Without using the R word Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson made a veiled accusation that teams in Major League Baseball are guilty of racism for not signing older black players to contracts this year.

Specifically Hudson referred to 36 year-old Jermaine Dye and 41 year-old Gary Sheffield who remain unsigned as the season begins.

But is racism the reason that Dye and Sheffield aren’t playing baseball this season.  Dye who hit 27 home runs for the Chicago White Sox reportedly had offers from both the Washington Nationals which could use another power hitter and the Chicago Cubs but turned them down since they offered far less than the $11.5 million he made in 2009.

Sheffield who has bounced around baseball and has hit 509 home runs in a 21-year career has seen his productivity drop considerably in the last three years.  Once a reliable 20 plus  a year home run guy he managed to hit just 10 last year in 100 games with the New York Mets and has lost some foot speed as well. He too has apparently turned down offers.

Hudson though ignores the fact that Dye has offers but would rather not play than accept a lower salary, and that Sheffield’s is not the player he once was.

In order to support his bogus claim he cites the salaries given to some white ballplayers whose production has sagged recently as evidence of racism.  What Hudson fails to note is that those players are signing for far less money that Dye made last year and apparently was willing to accept.

It’s not racism it’s economics.  Thanks to the recession which has reduced gate receipts owners for the first time are beginning to treat their teams more like a business which means that they should only pay a player what they think he is worth or what the market will bear.  For Dye and Sheffield it isn’t $10 plus million a year.

Hudson needs to remove the chip off his shoulder and just concentrate on playing baseball.  If Dye and Sheffield really want to play this year then she should accept salaries that are more commensurate with the market and not let someone like Hudson whine and try to play the race card.

Political correctness has no place in sports and those that try to change the game to reflect their views should either keep them to themselves or get out.

I have never been a big fan of the Burger King commercials with the King running around doing crazy things though the latest round of ads is better than most that the chain has run.

Now comes mental health advocates claiming the “Insane” commercials that are now running is an affront to everyone who suffers from mental health issues.

Here is the crazy Greg Gutfeld of Red Eye discussing the issue.

For heaven”s sake it’s a commercial about a hamburger and not a commentary on those suffering from mental illness.

Kudo’s to Burger King for not caving in to political correctness.