Twins criticized for having only one African-American player

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Aaron Hicks (pictured) is the only African-American currently on the Twins' roster.
Last fall, the Minnesota Timberwolves took heat from local black leaders for putting together the whitest roster the NBA had seen since the Bird- and McHale-led Celtics teams of the late 1980s. Now it's the Twins' turn.

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Charles Hallman, a black columnist who writes regularly for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and blogs at the Twin Cities Daily Planet, is calling out the Twins for talking a big game but not walking the walk when it comes to having diversity on the field, among the coaching staff, and in the front office.

In "Twins' diversity talk seems mostly for show," Hallman points out that the Twins have just one African-American player on the roster -- rookie outfielder Aaron Hicks. Last offseason, they traded two African-Americans -- Ben Revere and Denard Span -- and cut ties with their only African-American coach, Jerry White. (In fairness, the Twins do have a number of black Latinos on their roster.)

Perhaps more notably, Hallman reports that only one of the Twins' 122 front-office employees is black.

Regarding the team's upcoming "Diversity Days" celebration of Jackie Robinson during a game next Monday, Hallman writes that he "can only see these Twins 'diversity days' -- complete with fans receiving diversity T-shirts -- as for show purposes only."

Of course, ex-Twin Torii Hunter has repeatedly made headlines in recent years for decrying the decreasing number of African-Americans in the MLB. While still with the Twins in 2007, he predicted that "10 years from now you'll see no blacks, at all" in the league. In a less artful moment three years later, he characterized black Latino players as "impostors" while making largely the same point.

According to a USA Today report published this week, less than 8 percent of MLB players on opening day rosters this year were black. That's a post-integration record low.


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17 comments
keny1
keny1

Maybe Obama can designate a "Secretary of Black Athletes" who will get paid $900,000/yr so Obama can claim that his has created "jobs". Sounds like a good deal to me. My tax dollars are just waiting to be spent on these extremely important issues.    

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

It has nothing to do with their athletic abilities. I'm sure many of them can play as well as a white guy. ; )

Percy
Percy

Missing from this setlist is Blue Dahlia, which they played near the end of the set

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Hicks sucks too. This article is dumb. What are black Latinos anyway?

Dred Wiberg
Dred Wiberg

It's going to be zero if Hicks doesnt start hitting the ball.

Jonathan Lund
Jonathan Lund

When one gay player comes out I'll give a shit about this 40+ year long black bitchfest. It's getting old. There are other groups underrepresented in sports!

Grace Wagner
Grace Wagner

It is funny how the majority of people who are taking offense/denying claims of a disparity are white.

Jason Wilson
Jason Wilson

Really? You have got to be kidding me??? Sounds like Charles Hallman needs to get a hobby.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Bleat, bleat, bleat. Those other minorities don't count! Whine, Cry.. STFU! Nobody is blocking anyone from playing.

Al Cady
Al Cady

Well lessee...Span...gone. Revere...gone. I'm sure I'm missing one or two. And Hicks? Could be on his way to the minors. Hmm.

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

Its a trend. Twolves and Twins...both play in Target Stadiums?

Really
Really

HA HA - They need ALOT more whites in NBA, it should not be about talent and abilites but fairness!  Why should blacks make all that money!  NBA rosters are 78 percent black!  But only 12 percent of the USA is black!  That's not fair!   Boycott the NBA!

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Gotta love how America has gone reverse discrimination in Sports and college admissions. So, already most major sports outside of hockey are largely played by African Americans. Its only a matter of time before there is a backlash against the attempt to make everything equal for everyone which results most clearly in inequality. Survival of the fittest. When I applied to Michigan, I was flat out told I needed a higher SAT than black candidates. That's not discrimination? Please explain. I came from a single mother household in the lower class....

All seriousness aside, I knew there was a reason they were expected to finish in last place.

Onan
Onan

So now there's a racial quota for professional sports?

Percy
Percy

@Al Cady Yeah, he could be on his way to the minors because he's not producing, not because he's black. The Twins have a lot of young African American players in their minor league system, such as Byron Buxton, Niko Goodrum, Adam Walker, etc. However, they are nowhere near ready to contribute to the Major League team. Or are the Twins supposed to eschew trying to win games to satisfy imaginary Affirmative Action criteria for the sake of "diversity".

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