MLB Insider: '42' reminds us diversity is still a major(s) issue

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 5:15 PM

Money, patience and reasonable expectations needed for more African-Americans to reach majors.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 21, 13 3:21 AM

look even with all those injuries the Yankees finish above .500

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dmogckApr. 21, 13 7:45 AM

I find it interesting that there was a inner city world series game hosted at Target Field last summer, and this is the first I've heard of it. What is the media's role in this issue?

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ericgus55Apr. 21, 13 8:03 AM

African Americans make up roughly 10% of the general US population, so making up 8.5% of MLB players isn't particularly low. If we only look at US-born players, the number is greater than 10%, so I have a hard time buying the argument that African Americans are under-represented in baseball.

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bolock54Apr. 21, 13 8:11 AM

I agree with ericgus.......I think this is being way overblown at this time......anyone ever think that maybe the talent has declined somewhat over the last few years?????

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ericgus55Apr. 21, 13 8:19 AM

I guess the question is what SHOULD the numbers be? Should MLB represent the demographics of the nation as a whole (63% white, 11% African American, 16% Hispanic, 5% Asian, etc.) or is there some reason that the numbers should be different?

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MagicApr. 21, 13 8:48 AM

Who cares if MLB is 99% Black or 99% Asian? This is the 21st Century. Hasn't society learned Quotas and promoting unqualified people based on skin tone is a big mistake.

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editor29Apr. 21, 13 9:32 AM

Are blacks allowed to play baseball? Yes. Is MLB already more diverse than any other major sport? Yes. Is MLB continuing to make money hand over fist? Yes. Is the number of blacks in baseball relatively proportional to the U.S. African-American population percentage? Yes. Then someone please tell me, what is the "problem"?

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schmackdogApr. 21, 1310:40 AM

It's only an issue if YOU make it one. Maybe the black community needs to get better at baseball as a whole. You can't force people into being good at something though. I'm sure the numbers fluctuate over time, so in 10 years maybe the NAACP will be happy with the number of black players MLB lets in.

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stanbobApr. 21, 1312:07 PM

maybe you could spin us a story on the disproportionate number of blacks in the nba len3?

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caferevApr. 21, 13 1:11 PM

This same fallacious mantra continues to permeate baseball culture. Here are the facts: Roughly 11% of the American population is black; about 8% of MLB's players are black. Now, that's a MUCH more accurate reflection of America than is the 76% of NBA players and 69% of NFL players that are African-American. Why don't we raise a fuss about why so many African-Americans are opting for basketball and football rather than professorships and jobs as physicians??? This is an empty, STUPID argument that just won't go away.

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