Burgos: Cowherd’s comments show harmful Dominican stereotypes still pervasive in sports media

From SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr. at The Sporting News on July 24, 2015:

This weekend, Pedro Martínez will become the second player from the Dominican Republic inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

This week, ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd provided a reminder of one of the more significant challenges that Martínez, his fellow Dominicans and all foreign-born Latinos have had to encounter in pursuit of their big league dreams: The casual racism amongst members of the English-language sporting press.

Cowherd demonstrated this on his radio program Thursday in defending Miami Marlins’ Dan Jennings from those critical of the job Jennings has been doing as Marlins manager. 

To those who deride the Marlins for hiring a manager with no managerial experience at any level of professional baseball, Cowherd says you got it wrong.

Where most sports fans see a complex sport, Cowherd, who is evidently smarter than the rest of us (in his own mind), states baseball is not “too complex.” And he was ready with his proof too.

Read the full article here: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-07-24/colin-cowherd-espn-radio-dominican-republic-stereotypes-pedro-martinez-hall-of-fame

Originally published: July 24, 2015. Last Updated: July 24, 2015.