From another fine SPORTSblog, Lookout Landing (M's):
The Oakland A's all look the same. Scott Hatteberg looks like Dan Johnson, who looks like Mark Ellis, who looks like Eric Byrnes, who looks like Nick Swisher, who looks like Eric Chavez, who looks like Kirk Saarloos. There's more to that, too, but you get the picture. This is the part of Moneyball that nobody talks about. The only guys who're easy to spot are Charles Thomas, who's black, and Bobby Kielty, who's a Viking.
What about Keiichi Yabu, last time I checked he wasn't white. Or Jairo Garcia, Octavio Dotel, Ricardo Rincon, Kiko Calero and since when is Eric Chavez white?
I'll be damned if the A's are racist, because I'm pretty sure they're not. Moneyball (at the time) was all about drafting college players, exploiting a market inefficency. College players tend to be white since black and latin players either go to other sports or are more likely to be drafted out of high school. Remember how much we freaked out when Beane drafed all those high school players?
I mean seriously, how can a baseball team in the most liberal region of the country be racist?
I started a diary here pecause I didn't want to act like a troll in another site.