Go West, Delino DeShields


Credit: WaPo

I was just forwarded this interesting WaPo piece on Delino DeShields.  After falling off the face of the earth, he’s back in baseball as a hitting coach for the Billings Mavericks.

Things are bit different for Delino in Big Sky country:

“It ain’t the A-T-L, that’s for sure. Billings is all cowboy hats and wide-open spaces, ranchland and large wildlife. It’s the biggest city within a 350-mile radius, which says more about what’s within that radius than about Billings’s own size. And according to the 2000 U.S. Census, African Americans make up about one-half of 1 percent of the population — or precisely 494 folks from a total population of 89,847.

"I’ve seen a couple," DeShields says, laughing. "Let’s just say: I don’t think they were natives."

It’s a good piece.  Check it out.

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