VDARE.COM reader Tim Aaronson, that's who.
In response to my column about American players being replaced on the field by foreign-born athletes â€?On Cinco de Mayo, Strike Three for American Baseball Players,â€? Aaronson wrote that soon the bidding for more visas for would intensify.
And now—a mere month after Aaronsonâ€™s letter —the New York Yankees have signed two players from the very unlikely location, from a baseball perspective, of China.[Yankees welcome newly-signed players from China By Larry Fine (Reuters) July 6, 2007 ]
The two new Yankees are Liu Kai, a left-handed pitcher and catcher Zhang Zhenwang.
Based on Yankee general manager Brian Cashman's evaluation of the two 19-year-olds, they would be lucky to make the College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers.
According to Cashman, Kai has an extremely slow 84-mile an hour fastball—¦a marshmallow for major league hitters.
And Zhenwang is â€?a defensive catcher.â€? In other words, he canâ€™t hit.
But never mind that. The Yankees have their eye on a new market in China. Imagine all those billions of Chinese wearing Yankee caps and t-shirts. As Cashman said about the signings: â€?It was a critical start to opening a new market for baseball.â€?
Kai and Zhenwang will soon have their visas. Their families will follow them to America shortly.
By the way, I wonder if Cashman knows what their politics are?