Oil Can And The Squeaky Wheel

“If I wasn’t outspoken and a so-called ‘proud black man,’ maybe I would have gotten the empathy and sympathy like other ballplayers got that I didn’t get; like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Steve Howe. I can name 50 people that got third and fourth chances all because they weren’t outspoken black individuals.” — Dennis Boyd, talking with Nick Cafardo in The Globe.

I think it is impossible to know what factor being an “outspoken black man” played, and though I have no doubt racism may have swayed some opinion of and prospects for the man it seems more likely that being an average pitcher in decline with baggage probably held the exit door for Oil Can. That said, I always loved watching him pitch.

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