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Baseball Ignores the Reverse Racist Implications in Castellanos Incident

Imagine the Public Outcry Had the Races Here Been Reversed


Cincinnati's manager, instead of complaining about the punishment, should just imagine the consequences if in the incident the races had been reversed. Given the current political climate, where everyone must tread on egg shells on any event involving a minority, David Bell's slugger would have been dealt with much more harshly.

“I am disappointed that Nick (Castellanos) was suspended even though he did not initiate physical contact,” Bell told the Cincinnati Enquirer on April 5. “I am hopeful that when baseball is played with emotion, players will be protected from dangerous and unnecessary retaliation.”

Castellanos had the day before celebrated a home run, so the Reds naturally felt that the hit by pitch the following day was intentional. Castellanos reacted aggressively after getting it in the rib area and, picking up the baseball, asked St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodward if he wanted the ball back.

Controversy ensued a few batters later when, on a wild pitch, Woodward ran in to cover the plate. He fell backward fielding catcher Yadier Molina's throw, while Castellanos touched the plate and screamed at the prostrate pitcher.

“I stood up and said 'Let's (bleeping) go'” said Castellanos, prompting Molina to grab the back of Castellanos's sholders.

Instead of spewing his anger at the player who actually grabbed him (Molina), Castellanos directed it at Woodward. In fact, Castellanos went on to praise Molina, and the two calmly chatted near first base while their teammates exchanged pushes.

“That guy could have punched me in the face and I'd still ask him for a signed jersey,” Castellanos said of Molina. “”I've got nothing but respect for that cat.”

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The two players share a Latin heritage, even though Castellanos was raised in South Florida. His father Jorge was himself of Latin descent, and his son actually shares a name with a famous Cuban politician.

Speaking of politics, imagine how under our current left-leaning society this incident would have unfolded had Castellanos as well as Molina been white, and the pitcher had been a minority. Surely that image of a white player taunting a fallen minority pitcher would have resulted in a race controversy, especially after the white player reacted the way Castellanos did.

Had he castigated the minority pitcher while continuing to praise the white catcher, much like Castellanos did to fellow Latin star Molina, the white player would surely be facing a more serious punishment than just a two-game suspension. You can pretty much bet that in addition to a more lengthy suspension, the white player would be required to undergo sensitivity training and a mandatory session on cultural diversity.

No such requirement was laid on Castellanos, nor was there even any mention of the race issue. I guess it is not considered racism when a Latin player defends an opponent of the same culture while belittling the latter's white teammate, according to the same MLB executives who just moved an All-Star game based on implied racist legislation.

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