The nine-time Gold Glove winner, who has never been shy about offering an opinion, is hitting .277 with three homers and 16 RBIs
You saw what happened in Philadelphia, when a 17-year-old fan ran onto the field and was shot with a Taser by police. Are you O.K. with someone being Tased if they go onto the field?
Torii Hunter: We've seen fans in Chicago that one year when they jumped on the first base coach [Kansas City's Tom Gamboa], and they had a knife. Some fans are just crazy, man, and not everyone is good people. So if they're running toward you and you don't know what they have, my thing is to defend myself. So I might punch you. But him getting Tased—I don't know, that's kind of weird. But I promise you, not too many people are going to run on that field anymore.
He asked his dad if he should do it ahead of time, and his dad said no. Can you ground a kid after he gets Tased?
TH: No, that's it right there [laughs]. Getting Tased in front of thousands of people and then everyone in the world knowing about it [is punishment enough].
During spring training you got a lot of attention when it was reported that you said there were fewer African-American players in the majors because teams were more likely to sign Latinos since they can be signed for less money.
TH: I was just saying that sometimes [players in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic] get signed cheaper. They have academies—I was just thinking they should get drafted just like [in the U.S]. Even have some college scholarships, so if they don't pan out they go back with something. [I was mainly talking about] the disappearance of African-Americans in baseball. It's something I study. You look my track record up, I'm always trying to get inner city kids to play the game, whether black, Latino, white, it doesn't matter.