I’ll jump around the article a bit:
The Red Sox’s sudden abundance of white players, though, appears nothing more than a coincidence, a fluky snapshot in time.
I think this is true. But Rosenthal gets right to the ever present undertone about Boston:
If not for the Red Sox’s past, if not for Boston’s reputation, the issue might not be even worth raising.
But the Sox carry a special burden.
They have a shameful history of discrimination, one that their present ownership group has tried to address. And a perception has long existed among some African-American athletes that Boston is hostile to players who are not white.
Now, about what the facts tell us:
Of the Red Sox’s current players in the ALCS, the only African- American is outfielder Coco Crisp.
The only Latin Americans are designated hitter David Ortiz, who is from the Dominican Republic, and utility infielder Alex Cora and reliever Javier Lopez, both of whom are from Puerto Rico.…