The Business of Baseball: MLB Shuns Black Free Agents?

April 14, 2010  |  

(ESPN) — Using out-of-work outfielder Jermaine Dye as the basis of his point, Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson suggested that baseball’s free-agent market turns its back on aging black players.

In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Hudson said he can’t understand why Dye, a free agent who hit 164 home runs for the Chicago White Sox from 2004 through last season, did not catch on with another team in the offseason.

“You see guys like Jermaine Dye without a job,” Hudson told Yahoo. “Guy with [good numbers] 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 [million], $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.”

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