Attn George Will: MLB Players Association says AZ law "could have a negative impact on hundreds" of players

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Earlier this week, George F. Will wrote a screed in favor of Arizona's new immigration law, arguing:

Non-Hispanic Arizonans of all sorts live congenially with all sorts of persons of Hispanic descent. These include some whose ancestors got to Arizona before statehood -- some even before it was a territory. They were in America before most Americans' ancestors arrived. Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.

If legitimate concerns about racial profiling aren't enough for Will, maybe this one is: The executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement condemning the new law, stating that it "could have a negative impact on hundreds of Major League players who are citizens of countries other than the United States." [h/t Atrios]

Will is a well-known baseball fanatic -- so much so that he was parodied by Dana Carvey in a Saturday Night Live sketch. Will's Post columns contain countless baseball references, and he's authored two books on the sport:

Previously:

Why did the Washington Post publish George Will's immigration rant?

Nation sports editor Zirin calls for boycott of Arizona Diamondbacks over immigration law

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