We took some email and comment heat for posting about Gary Sheffield's comments on his thoughts as to why there aren't more Negroes in MLB.
And, obviously, Sheffield has taken some heat.
Well, seems now Shef is getting some support for speaking his mind about his experience in baseball.
Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen said Tuesday that he agrees with teammate Gary Sheffield's recently published assertions on black and Latin players. "I'm happy he said it," Guillen said. "I'm glad somebody spoke up."
Sheffield also further clarified his remarks about "controlling" Latin players.
"Every Latin player, you can't control 'em," Sheffield said. "I'm just saying from a whole grand scheme of things. They have more to lose than we do. You can send them back across the island. You can't send us back. We're already here."
Guillen agreed completely with what Shef had to say.
"I left my country to come here and to make money and play baseball," Guillen said. "I left my school because I wanted to play baseball here. In my first year, in rookie league, I hurt my elbow and I played DH," he said. "In my first at-bat, I hit a double, and I missed first base. I was out, and they screamed at me." (He declined to say who did the screaming but hinted it was his coaches.) I didn't know what to say. If I had said anything, they would have sent me home. I was afraid to talk. That happens to every Latin player. They are afraid to talk."
Unfortunately, the mainstream media chose to report Shef a bit out of context and without clarification. Seemingly in an attempt to stir things up and paint Shef as a racist.
Despite the controversy, we commend Shef on having the courage to speak up on behalf of Latin players. Proving that Shef is about helping ALL his fellow players improve their quality of life.