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Baseball Wants to Replace Blacks with Dominicans

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking

madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as

nasty as he wants to be for Miami New

Times. This week, Luke claims Major League Baseball has a plan to phase out

African American players and replace them with black Hispanic players.

April means Major League Baseball's

opening day, which gets me thinking about the media firestorm Los Angeles

Angels center fielder Torii Hunter ignited last month when he called players

from the Dominican Republic "imposters." This reflected his opinion that

dark-skinned Latin American major leaguers should not be counted as blacks. He's

right.

For quite some time, Major League

Baseball has disenfranchised African American kids. The scouts and owners have gone

out and found players who look black, but to whom they can pay less money when

they become professionals.

Major League Baseball adopted this sweatshop

mentality by targeting countries like the Dominican Republic where players don't have a chance of being

drafted or getting a scholarship right out of high school.

Gone are the days

when Major League Baseball would go after the next Dwight Gooden, the next

Darryl Strawberry or the next Andre Dawson.


Teams want the next Albert Pujols

or the next Hanley Ramirez because a baseball club has to pay much more money

to the African American kid coming out of college than a kid from Santo Domingo or Puerto Plata.

A former pro baseball player

who is now a minor league coach told me all about the farm system in Latin

American countries. The Dominicans often accept being shipped to minor league

farm systems where they have to sleep dormitory-style, 100 to a room. In

Mexico, minor league players have to play games all day and all night.

Sometimes a game doesn't start till midnight. And every major league baseball

team has people on the ground scouting for talent.

How do the Florida Marlins

manage to field a competitive team and keep the payroll low? Because the club

has one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. They can get the top

of the line Dominican players at a bargain price. And when those players are

ready to make millions of dollars, the Marlins will trade them to a team

contending for the World Series in exchange for more younger farm system

players.

What Major League Baseball

needs to do is reintroduce the sport to African American children. Let's not

forget the Negro Baseball League played a very important part of the African

American people's history. I played it as a kid at Flamingo Park in Miami

Beach

When

I became involved with the Liberty City Optimist Club, the organizer had the kids

playing baseball before we got them playing football. In fact, the club is one

of the oldest African American little league teams in Florida. You would think

the Marlins would do their research and support a program like that, but they

don't.

Even at the high school level,

there is no effort to generate interest in baseball among teenage black boys.

The owners need to put the resources in the inner cities because baseball is a

beautiful sport.

But that is not in the

plans. The plan is to eliminate black Americans and replace them with

Dominicans.

Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.


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