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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Omar Minaya

The wonderful people of New York have been giving Oscar Minaya a hard time for some of his off-season moves as the General Manager of my Mets, but I think he's handling things quite well:

Minaya appeared twice on the sports-talk radio station WFAN, first on Don Imus's show at 6:30 a.m., then 11 hours later with Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, each time addressing the notion — sometimes heard in comments on the station — that he is trying too hard to put Hispanic players into Met uniforms.

"To me, it's about signing the best players possible," Minaya told Imus, before adding: "I don't think about the player's race, his color, his religion, his sexual orientation. I don't get into that stuff."

Asked by Imus whether he felt the comments on the station were racist, Minaya said he did not.

"I'm not one to throw around the racism card," said Minaya, who is the first Hispanic general manager in Major League Baseball. "A lot of people tend to use the race card all over the place. I think sometimes, when something is new, people are uncomfortable with it."

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