Torii Hunter has drawn attention for calling dark-skinned Latino baseball players "impostors." In an interview that USA Today published Tuesday, the Angels outfielder discussed the changing demographics in baseball.
"People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they're African American. They're not us. They're impostors," he told Bob Nightengale. He added, "As African-American players, we have a theory that baseball can go get an imitator and pass them off as us.... It's like, 'Why should I get this kid from the South Side of Chicago and have Scott Boras represent him and pay him $5 million when you can get a Dominican guy for a bag of chips?'"
Click here for more. Hunter has actively promoted baseball through the Torii Hunter Project, which aims to "increase the opportunities for America's youth to enjoy the game of baseball in inner cities and beyond, and to provide an equal playing field for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity and skill level."
In 2009, Hunter won the Branch Rickey Award for his work with children.