Mets pitcher Vic Black was recently at the center of an expose that yet again shames the New York Mets organization: the grouping and ostracization of players based on their hair color.
"Black's hair and beard have shades of red. Also in the group was Bobby Parnell, who qualified without question or consultation with a hairdresser. It included Zack Wheeler, whose head is shaved but whose facial hair gives him away, and Josh Edgin, who Black identified as a red-haired person by alternate means, probably in the shower room."
While Bud Selig bumbles through solutions to baseball's "problems" like instant replay or steroids, the Mets are down in Port St. Lucie, getting away with prejudice. During a recent drill, Black realized that all of the other players he'd been grouped with had been "kissed by fire;" or the commonly used term, "had red hair."
Sad, it is, that in 2014, in a league that prides itself on progressive messages of acceptance, that this sort of thing can go on.
And likely will continue to. What is Black supposed to do as one man facing a crooked system?
"'I guess it's OK,' Black said. But he noted had been told by a scout that scouts typically shy away from redheads. Who knows why?"
--Marty Noble, MLB.com
I guess we'll know why in a day or two when all of the Mets' red-heads are among the first wave of cuts, with the team citing the "distraction" created by their hair color.