Baseball and Population History

Here are the 13 MLB players suspended for using steroids or other illegal “performance enhancing drugs.” The picture is interesting from an HBD and socio-political perspective. All of these players would check “Hispanic” on their census forms. They would all qualify for affirmative action and various other diversified goodies. However, the men in this photo clearly stand at the most recent ends of very different population histories.


Peralta is the classic “white Hispanic.” Exchange his last name with McClintock, and you wouldn’t bat an eye. Cervelli is Venezuelan, but like the Pope, he’s about one generation removed from his obvious homeland: Italy. Montero is also a white Hispanic, but unlike Peralta, he probably does have a wee bit of indio mixed in with his predominantly Ibizan genes. I have cousins who look like Montero.

Puello is the descendant of slaves, but I’m guessing Escalona, Martinez, and Valdespin also have a significant percentage of African SNPs. Cabrera is the most obvious indio of the group; however, I imagine Bastardo also has a significant Asian ancestry.

All “Hispanic” or, if you prefer, “Latino.” Because they all speak Latin.


7 responses

  1. Anthony

    Peralta looks way more “indio” than Cruz – his nose is wider than most European men, but not so much as most Africans. Cruz would look whiter if he did his facial hair in a different style. Norberto and De Los Santos also look like they have significant African ancestry – De Los Santos is probably less than half, but Norberto could be nearly all African.

    Note – I don’t really follow baseball, so I don’t know what these guys look like other than from this picture.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:20 am

  2. Handle

    In the future, every professional athlete will have some kind of injury early in their career which requires a permanent prescription for something that, coincidentally, could be performance enhancing.

    I can hear the commissioner now, “We’re working hard to prevent future incidents of the current epidemic of traumatic-injury-related muscle-atrophy disorder and the extraordinary medical measured required to address the debilitating symptoms. We’ll all miss the sweet, sweet home runs, but rest assured, that’s a small price to pay for taking care of our poor, afflicted athletes, and no stone will be left unturned until we find a cure, one day, hopefully well beyond my term as commissioner.”

    August 7, 2013 at 12:01 am

    • I really, really want to be a baseball purist, and for a long time I was one. But then I got schooled on how “steroids” actually work, and honestly, all they let people do is work out longer and harder. It’s not exactly cheating. It’s cheating insofar as some people use them and others don’t. But it’s not like you stick a needle in your arm and start hitting 70 home runs a year. You stick a needle in your arm, work out extra hard for a few years, THEN start hitting 70 home runs a year.

      August 7, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      • Handle

        It depends on the person I guess. I’ve seen a few people go on cycle without much of a chance in motivation or hours and boy, did they get a lot bigger for the same amount of work. East Asian guys especially. The East Asian gym rats (especially Koreans) have a lot of discipline and pain tolerance and they tend to be really dense and strong for their size, and shifting to less carbs and more protein can do a lot. But it’s nearly impossible for them to get ‘Big’. But once they start juicing, watch out, huge muscular gains – almost comic sometimes if they’ve got short stature.

        I’ll withhold judgment on whether that constitutes ‘cheating’ or not. Artificially Performance Enhancing though – definitely. And in a tournament market where everyone is looking for every extra inch of performance and trying to get that tiny edge over the next guy – it means everyone is strongly tempted to do it at the earliest ages. That’s the problem. Really, I don’t care what actual professional athletes do, but it’s what millions of people and kids will do if there’s not some public push-back deterrence. Take your medicine, Lance Armstrong.

        August 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

  3. alcestiseshtemoa

    Cervelli is probably the most European man there. He strikes me as Italian. Montero wouldn’t pass for white in various Central and South American countries due to their caste system. For a person to be white, you have to look like phenotype of actors such as Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Craig.

    August 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s