View Full Version : King Kauffman on Sheff's recent comments

06-08-2007, 11:49 AM
Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg writes (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/COL22/706070424/1048/SPORTS) that former Tigers great Willie Horton told him he was shocked when he visited a minor league facility in Florida in 2001 and found Latino Tigers farmhands living in substandard conditions with no money, constantly afraid of being shipped home. "I gave them money for toothpaste," Horton says.
Those conditions have improved, Rosenberg writes, "But the attitude hasn't really changed. Compared with their American-born counterparts, Latino players are like migrant workers. They deal with lousy work conditions because the alternative -- going home, often to a poverty-stricken area -- is so unappealing. On every rung of the ladder, they are afraid of getting sent home. Yes, this makes them 'easier to control.'"

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So can we agree that Sheffield wasn't just talking nonsense, that he was trying, without really succeeding, to get at an important issue?

06-09-2007, 12:03 PM
I can see what Sheffield was getting at. But, he never got there. MLB wants the best players, period.