Apparently, at least a couple people believe they are.
I came across this article this morning, and had to at least say something about it. Apparently, writers at BlackAthlete.net seem to believe that the Yankees have acted with racism, not sound baseball judgement, in releasing both LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Meacham this season.
Wow. This is so far fetched I don't know whether it is a joke or if these people are actually serious. I am pretty sure it is just a joke, but I have heard crazier conspiracy theories from people.
But please, let me tell you that the Yankees didn't fire Meacham and cut LaTroy Hawkins because they were African-Americans. They got rid of them because they didn't exactly excel at their respective posts.
They had made sure there were NO African Americans on their Roster (sorry Jeter you don't count). Still somehow the Yankees have gone home for the Winter. For the 8th season in a row WITHOUT winning the World Series.
It had to be something else. WELL PRAISE THE LORD. They found it. How could they have missed it. Believe it or not the New York Yankees had a BLACK Third Base coach the entire 2008 season. WHY didn't anyone notice ??
Why look any further?
Maybe you can fool those Steinbrenner Boys once in a while but never ever twice. The Yankees axed their only African American player relief pitcher LeTroy Hawkins during the season but somehow they missed Bobby Meacham standing right there near Third Base every time the Yankees batted all season long.
Problem solved. Meacham got the boot on Tuesday from the Yankees after just one year on the team as the third base Coach. After watching hours and hours of game films the Steinbrenner boys along with GM Brian Cashman documented the fact that Meacham "spooked" Yankee batters by his presence only 90 feet away. Further, that Yankee runners avoided making it to third base whenever possible because they "feared" having to be so close to Bobby Meacham if they did.
I mean. They do have a point, there isn't really too many African-Americans in the system. But to suggest that the Yankees are doing it on purpose is ridiculous.