BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 30: General manger of the Baltimore Orioles on the field before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden yards on April 30, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was asked why he wasn’t interested in signing Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, and he gave quite possibly the dumbest answer he could have come up with.


I like our guys. Our guys are good. [Mark] Trumbo is like a working-class-type baseball player. If he was going to work every day on a construction site, you would understand that he brings that kind of work ethic every day. That’s the kind of player that our fans identify with. We try to get gritty players that work hard every day and give their best effort every day. Our fans seem to like that and respond to it.

Just say “white,” man. You’re not hiding anything.

In all seriousness, even giving Duquette the benefit of the doubt, I have absolutely no idea what he’s trying to say here.

First, why would Mark Trumbo ever work at a construction site? He is a millionaire, was always supremely talented—he was a high school All-American—and his job has literally nothing to do with construction work. Nothing about him except for his race (which even that isn’t true) fits the vision of “working-class” that middle-aged white guys love to peddle. Also, Bautista is an outstanding player who, by all accounts, is a “gritty” player who gives his best effort every day. There’s no evidence that Trumbo tries any harder than Bautista. Duquette’s only evidence is his view of Trumbo as the stereotypical, @PFTCommenter-esque “overachieving white guy.”

Also, even if Trumbo was a construction worker, why the hell would fans want him? Fans want to win, and they’ll adopt new players—even former rivals—who will help them win.

The Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections have projected the Orioles to finish last in the AL East in 2017. Maybe if they signed Bautista they could be better. Or they can go find some guys at a construction site to replace their “less gritty” players. I’m sure the fans will love how gritty and working-class that 50-win season feels.


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Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

4 thoughts on “Orioles GM gives a bunch of white player stereotypes in explaining why he signed Mark Trumbo over Jose Bautista

  1. Pecota has projected the Orioles to come in last place every year for the last 5 years. And been wrong every single time. i suppose eventually it will happen. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

  2. Unbelievable! What trash! Kindly name one other player that gets as many boo’s in Baltimore as Jose Bautista! From his contemptuous bat flip in the 2015 ALDS to his petulant theatrics at close pitches, he consistently shows unnecessary over-the-top disdain for the opposition. We had a go with Albert Belle, who put his personal statistics above the team. I much prefer to limit his squabbles with Darren O’Day, Adam Jones, and other Orioles to series with Toronto rather than throughout our schedule.

  3. So, are you saying “non-whites” do not work hard and give their best effort every day? Or are you just trying to stir the pot on a slow sports day?

  4. I believe the comments from Mr. Duquette may be silly, but what does this have to do with “white”?? It’s writers like you that are trying to use your position to serve your own personal agenda. P.S. I live in Baltimore and most construction sites are staffed by African Americans, Latinos and Whites.

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