Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jon Duplantier recalled in a roundtable panel Tuesday he acquired a racist remark from a participant on the opposing group throughout a high college baseball recreation. He additionally lamented the lack of black representation in the game.
Duplantier was the one black participant on his group and was enjoying first base when he heard, “I got a rope and a tree with your name on it.” He stated he ran towards the dugout to confront the individual solely to be stopped by the first-base umpire, based on the Arizona Republic.
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Duplantier stated he informed the story for instance that none of his teammates stood up for him and that going by way of the completely different ranges of baseball made him really feel like he’s “on an island.”
“It kind of felt like that going up through high school, college, even into pro ball, because the representation, because we talked about the numbers,” he stated. “The representation is so low on the enjoying facet, on the teaching facet, and on the administration facet the place I really feel like I am on an island.
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“Hopefully those tough conversations and suppressing all those feelings and experiences will start to change and the conversation will continue because I think if people aren’t ready to hear it, if the game’s not ready to hear it, somebody in the game’s gonna be like, ‘Nope, you gotta hear it.’ I think they’re more open to it now.”
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The Diamondbacks chosen Duplantier in the third spherical of the MLB Draft out of Rice.
He made his main league debut final season. He appeared in 15 video games and recorded a 4.42 ERA with 34 strikeouts.