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Friday, November 28, 2014

Articles tagged: race in baseball

Why MLB wants more African-Americans in baseball, and how to fix it

Each April it seems like we see the same stories about the lack of African-Americans in Major League Baseball. The stories seem to be published around the time when we celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball on April 15, 1947. This year is not an exception. Not only is…Read More

Curtis Granderson Can Count the Amount of Black Fans at Baseball Games

Baseball lacks a strong presence in the African American community. Many black athletes choose to play more glamorous sports like football and basketball, and that’s part of the reason the interest in baseball amongst African Americans is not that strong. We’ve touched on this point in the past when Orlando Hudson said there’s no place…Read More

Money, Age, and Skill Factor Into Free Agency More than Race, Orlando Hudson

In an article on Yahoo! Sports, Twins second baseman Orlando Hudson strongly inferred that African-American baseball players Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield are still free agents because of race. While I can’t go inside the heads of owners and general managers in MLB to see if that’s the case (and it’s historical fact that baseball…Read More

Orlando Hudson Agrees There’s No Place for African American Bench Players

Anytime you’re quoting Gary Sheffield you’re probably starting off on the wrong foot. Yes, Sheff’s the same guy who says he didn’t take steroids like the cream and the clear because “steroids is something you stick in your butt.” Clearly Sheff’s logic is second-to-none. Anyway, with MLB celebrating the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking…Read More

Scoop Jackson Damages Black People in Column on B.J. Upton, Clarifies

ESPN writer Scoop Jackson penned a column on B.J. Upton explaining that Upton’s stellar play in the playoffs could attract young inner-city African Americans to play baseball. I never understood what the claims of the crisis to begin with; baseball is open to all players regardless of race, and nobody is complaining about the dominance…Read More

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