Racist Incident in World Series: Does the Discipline Meet the Wrong? NO is the Answer.
I am rooting for the Astros. And quite the game it was last night. Folks, the World Series is watched by millions — including service members, children, senior. That is why I was so concerned when the Commission of Baseball, who had an opportunity to speak out loudly on the offensiveness of racism (even if the recipient of the taunts was gracious), and wimped out. Really.
So, you have a major league player slanting his eyes and uttering a slur in Spanish to show up a pitcher on the Dodgers off whom he just hit a home run. Are you serious? We tolerate this? Actually the punishment (five game suspension, sensitivity training) comes at the start of the 2018 series. Who would want to disrupt the World Series karma? I would.
There are data showing that effective discipline needs to follow closely on the heels of the wrong. Well, that isn’t happening here. And, what better way to message the inappropriateness of conduct seen by millions across the world than an immediate suspension (even if appealed)? Step up folks in MLB: you had a moment in which to do the right thing and speak out. Pity the games are so good and so competitive and the leaders are so weak.
We lost a teachable moment. For sure. Another lesson left for another day.