“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African American,” Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter says. “They’re not us. They’re impostors.
“Even people I know come up and say, ‘Hey, what color is Vladimir Guerrero? Is he a black player?’ I say, ‘Come on, he’s Dominican. He’s not black.’ ”
So said Hunter during a discussion with USA Today, which you can find here, about the declining number of black players in Major League Baseball. It’s a topic that’s been covered many times, no doubt, but one where people rarely make a complete ass out of themselves while doing it.
For what it’s worth, I don’t believe Hunter was trying to disparage Latin players in any way. Radio and TV personalities that get paid to talk for a living have misstatements all the time, so why should we expect any different from someone that is paid to play baseball and not to talk? Still, it is something some will use, with no consideration of any of this, as a means of trashing Hunter, the Angels, or both, and it’s clearly unfair of them to do so. Hunter has come out as well and said he basically misspoke, and I am not aware of any past actions of his that should give me reason to doubt this. Hopefully, it’s a story that dies quickly.