Monday Morning Starting Five: Does Ozzie Guillen Have a Point That Asian Players Are Treated Better Than Their Latino Counterparts?
Oswaldo Jose Guillen is one of the most outspoken figures in professional athletics. I want to interview him more than any other person in sports. His latest comments stating Asian ball players are afforded more than Latinos has struck a chord: “I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don’t? Don’t take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid . . . go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it’s always going to be like that. It’s never going to change. But that’s the way it is.” Guillen spoke the aforementioned Sunday before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. When an individual points the finger at racism one must understand the incident in question is most likely at the end of a long list of similar incidents where nothing was said. No one is pointing at every single dispute and screaming That’s Racist! That’s ridiculous. I’d rock with Ozzie Guillen here, when we’re all old and senile or 1,700 years in the past because he speaks his mind from the fox hole. If he says there needs to be more Spanish speaking interpreters and given his baseball experience, how are his words inaccurate? He’s a manager with a winning track record. He sees everything and his heart will never be questioned. Those who speak without fear of corporate repercussion are alright with me and it appears Ozzie makes a lot of folk uncomfortable. Look at history…racial discrimination is highlighted when folks speak out. Ozzie is simply highlighting where he thinks baseball is lacking. If a language barrier exists and no one does anything, who wins?
Another point, the question must be asked if baseball considers Asian players a more lucrative commodity than their Latino counterparts. This is a very important question and I’ll let you all discuss its depth and authenticity.
I can’t speak on a disparity between Asian and Spanish speaking interpreters because I do not know the numbers per capita.
I ask those who find Ozzie’s words offensive to take a deep breath, step back and truly think about what he’s saying. If you pass off and label this as simply an illogical rant (I respect you Susan), then a discussion on the issue will not be permitted to fully develop.
Those thinking to themselves “What is he crying for? These people make absurd amounts of money, thus have no leg to stand on. This isn’t racism.” Forget about the money, this is not about the money athletes and managers make.
Understand the distinction.
I don’t agree with everything Ozzie says but in this case, my ears are open.
It also must be said that if Ozzie hadn’t won a World Series, he might not be employed because of the controversy his emotion seems to cause.
Ozzie Guillen is not some crackpot coach who has lost his wits but remains a capable manager.
We are fortunate he’s a great leader and I look forward to Ozzie continuing his distinguished career and advancing thought by using his position to speak on the ills of society whenever they may arise.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there is definitely racial tension brewing. Speak on it in all areas with rational thought or we all suffer.
Pushing stuff under the rug further exacerbates what is a real problem. Latinos are catching mad wreck currently and I’d rather listen to the facts instead of again, running with the pack.
Judge yourselves accordingly.
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Ozzie: Latino players don’t get fair shake (Chicago Sun Times)
Jets CB Darrelle Revis holding out from camp (MSNBC)
Fair question: Is Allen Iverson being blackballed by the NBA? (Bleacher Report)
This cat is a beast: Ex-Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli gets a second chance at Mississippi (USA Today)
Remembering Lolita LeBron, who died yesterday at 90 (Washington Post)
Black August. On James Baldwin’s birthday: An Open Letter to My Sister, Angela Y. Davis (History is a Weapon)
Essence: White editor won’t diminish our love of black women (The Grio)
ESPN Announcer To Black NASCAR Crew Member: “Tap Dance For Us” (Jalopnik)
Patrick Hayes I appreciate the props (Love of the Game)
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