Angels center fielder Torii Hunter vows to watch what he says to reporters – LA Times

By Mike DiGiovanna
Los Angeles Times


Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. – Torii Hunter is one of baseball’s most accessible and quotable players, but the center fielder emerged from a lengthy closed-door meeting with Manager Mike Scioscia, General Manager Tony Reagins and team executive Tim Mead Thursday vowing to be more guarded with reporters and his choice of words.


“If it’s not about baseball, I’m not going to talk about it,” said Hunter, heavily criticized Wednesday for remarks in a USA Today article examining the declining percentage of African American players in the game. “I know what I am. Don’t always believe what you read.”


Hunter said his comments about dark-skinned players from the Dominican Republic being “imposters” because they are perceived by some as being African American were “distorted and taken out of context.” He tried to set the record straight in a blog on the team’s website.


“What troubles me most was the word