April 30, 2010

ODDLY ENOUGH...:

Players' Union to Arizona: modify or repeal your immigration law (Craig Calcaterra, 4/30/10, Hardball Talk)

MLBPA head Michael Weiner has issued a statement opposing Arizona's recently-passed SB 1070 immigration law: [...]

[T]he player's union taking a clear stand on this means that, unless baseball takes the same stand, controversy is inevitable. The sort that comes from players threatening to boycott the All-Star Game, for example, which would be a totally different deal than random people protesting or boycotting a Cubs game. Different in terms of the media coverage, and certainly different in terms of the effect (i.e. 20 players agreeing to not participate in the All-Star Game means a lot more than 20, 200 or even 20,000 people agreeing not to buy Dbacks merchandise.

In other words, this changes everything, at least from baseball's perspective. And it certainly puts the ball in Bud Selig's court.


...the Diamondbacks have a distinct paucity of significant Latino players--a set-up guy, a 4th outfielder, a utility infielder, and a 4th ot 5th starter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2010 2:58 PM
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