Orlando Hudson Believes Racism Is Why Jermaine Dye's Unemployed
Though, if you were to ask Minnesota Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson why Dye is sitting at home right now, he'd tell you there's another reason for it. Well, he'd hint at another reason for it, but he wouldn't actually come out and say it. Hudson believes that the reason Dye doesn't have a job has nothing to do with his declining skills, but rather his skin color.
"You see guys like Jermaine Dye without a job," Hudson told Yahoo's Jeff Passan. "Guy with [27 home runs and 81 RBIs] and can't get a job. Pretty much sums it up right there, no? You've got some guys who miss a year who can come back and get $5, $6 million, and a guy like Jermaine Dye can't get a job. A guy like Gary Sheffield, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, can't get a job. ...
"We both know what it is. You'll get it right. You'll figure it out. I'm not gonna say it because then I'll be in [trouble]."
I'll say it since Hudson won't. He believes the general managers of Major League Baseball are racist. That's why Ben Sheets got a contract in Oakland, and Jermaine Dye is sitting at home.
It's not the fact that Dye turned has down offers from the Cubs, Brewers, Rangers, Nationals and possibly others for various reasons since last season. Some because he didn't feel the offer was big enough, wasn't guaranteed a starting job, didn't want to be a full time designated hitter or felt the offer wasn't big enough to uproot his entire family and move them across the country.
Do you know what Dye and Gary Sheffield have in common aside from being African-American? Both players are getting older and are a liability in the field. It's exactly that reason, along with recent second-half slides in his numbers, that the White Sox chose to let Dye walk this winter.
Is Kenny Williams a racist too?
Maybe Hudson hasn't noticed the recent trend in baseball of finding younger, cheaper players to build your team around. He probably can't see the forest for the trees, either.
Has racism been a problem in baseball's history? Of course it has, it's been a problem throughout American history. It still exists today as well, but it has absolutely nothing to do with Jermaine Dye's job status. If Orlando doesn't believe that, then he can go over to the other side of his own clubhouse and ask Jim Thome how that $1.5 million deal he got is working out.