The Angels’ Pioneer League team is holding a “Caucasian Heritage Night”

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This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:

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I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly European country] Heritage Night into just one night.” But by calling it “Caucasian Heritage Night” you sort of change the entire tenor of the thing, ya know? Because there are some seriously different connotations involved once you go with that — which basically mans “white” — over any specific nationality.

But please spare me your “hey, they have Latino Heritage Night” and “Black Heritage Night” and all of that rebop. The idea behind those sorts of things is to correct an imbalance in cultural celebration and appreciation. When you’re part of the majority — especially if you are a historically hegemonic majority — you don’t get special celebrations and things like this. That’s sort of the entire point.

In any event, the timing could not be worse for this sort of thing.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.