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Sure, The Twins Have Been Decimated By Injuries, But Using Retarded Players? Not Appropriate

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You have to give the Minnesota Twins credit. They have now lost both corner infielders, Justin Morneau and Joe Crede, to season-ending injuries, their starting rotation has been plagued by injuries and inconsistency, yet they have kept on fighting, still hanging around at 2 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

But I think they may have gone too far this time. Are they trying to prove a point? Making light of a person’s handicap? I’m not sure, but plugging in Special Olympian Matt Tolbert at third base (pictured here from his childhood days at the Special Olympics) may have crossed the line of good taste. Although it should be pointed out that Tolbert went 1-4 last night against non-special needs players – well, it was the White Sox, so that could be argued to the contrary – including hitting a home run in the sixth inning which ended up as the game-winning run in Minnesota’s 8-6 win over the White Sox.

I admire the courage displayed by Tolbert (and you have to be touched by the child-like look of joy on his face in the above photo) – it kind of had a Jason McElwain vibe to it – but in the end, this may cause more harm than any good that could come out of it.

Four homers stung Chicago after it got into the Twins bullpen early [Star Tribune]