Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Posted by el duque at 7:46 AM
Here is a story about a kid the Yankees apparently were close to signing, then chucked overboard. The boy's "trainer" - (Let's not even imagine the dimensions of that job title, other than to say prostitutes must have "trainers," too, right?) - has complained to the Bud Selig Justice League of America. On the subject of young Latinos, that's like yelling insults at a cactus.
I'd like to believe the Yankees are not at fault here (though, let's be honest: Our fan love of the Yankees and our sense of morality parted companies long ago.) Still, parts of this story sound not only fishy, but creepy - most notably, the notion that young boys often live with team employees. WTF are the Yankees running down there? Youth hotels?
For all of Rug Selig's self-righteous bluster on the evil of steroids, he whiffed on the Latino system. Apparently, it wasn't his priority. Maybe a few stories like this will jog somebody's conscience. Or maybe not. When a capitalistic system is successfully exploiting a community, there is seldom interest in changing it. (For further reference, See Sports, NCAA.)
Sadly, the Yankees have become the leaders in signing adolescent Latinos. The fan in me wants to think we'll snag the next Miguel Cabrera. In fact, we'll probably see a new train of Jackson Melians and Ricardo Aramboleses. Can a 16-year-old millionaire keep his head screwed on straight? Whenever I think of big name Latin propects, I ponder Jose Tabata - the former Yankee future hall of famer - whose wife was old enough to be his mom. These boys who make millions by age 16: To a hot, fully-mature and experienced woman, they must be like eating Cherry Twizzlers. What kid would even have a chance?
I hope Baseball America follows up on this story. This boy's "trainer" might be full of crap. But if parts of the tale are true, somebody's got some 'splainin' to do.