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ChiefsandO'sfan
04-21-2011, 12:55 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6401971

Less than 9 percent of players blackEmail Print Comments1431 ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The percentage of black players in the major leagues dropped again on Opening Day this year even as the sport again received a top overall grade for racial diversity.


Percentage of Black Players in MLB
Year Pct
2011 8.5
2010 9.1
2009 9.0
2008 10.2
2007 8.2
2006 8.4
2005 9.0
2004 9.0
2002 10.0
2001 13.0
2000 13.0
1999 13.0
1998 15.0
1997 17.0
1996 17.0
1995 19.0
1994 18.0
1993 16.0
1992 17.0
1991 18.0
1990 17.0
>> No study done in 2003
-- Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports

Baseball's grade for gender hiring declined slightly, according to the annual study released Thursday by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

Baseball received an A for racial diversity in hiring, the same grade as last year, and a B-minus for gender, down from a B. Its overall grade remained a B-plus.

"Jackie Robinson's dream was to see more African-Americans playing, coaching and in the front office," Lapchick said. "While this year there has been a slight decrease in the grade for racial and gender hiring practices, there has been a long-term consistent and dramatic increase in the role of people of color and women regarding who runs the game."

The percentage of black players dropped to 8.5 percent on Opening Day this year, down from 9.1 percent at the start of last season and its lowest level since 2007. The percentage of Latino players dropped from 28.4 percent to 27 percent -- baseball's lowest since 1999's 26 percent.

"This has been a concern of Major League Baseball and leaders in the African-American community," Lapchick said. "However, the 38.3 percent of players who are people of color also make the playing fields look more like America with its large Latino population."

While Major League Baseball's central office received an A-plus for racial diversity and an A-minus for gender diversity, the 30 clubs fared more poorly.

The number of black and Latino managers dropped from 10 at the start of the 2010 season to six, and the percentage of black and Latino coaches dropped from 31 to 29 percent. No blacks were team chief executives or presidents and only Houston Astros president of business Pam Gardner fell into that category.

Black and Latino general managers dropped from five to four, and at the team vice president level percentages declined for blacks (9.8 percent last year) and women (18.2 percent). For the VP level, teams received a C to C-plus for racial diversity and an F for gender diversity.

"MLB has made great strides with diversity in who runs the game, and today is one of the best in sports." Lapchick said. "However, there is clearly room for improvement, especially regarding hiring more women into professional positions."

Bacon Cheeseburger
04-21-2011, 12:56 PM
What exactly are the whites possessing in your thread title?

Detoxing
04-21-2011, 12:58 PM
If baseball didn't suck then maybe more black athletes would be playing it rather than basketball and football.

Basketball and Football get the best athletes, hence the reason there aren't as many blacks in baseball.

ChiefsandO'sfan
04-21-2011, 01:00 PM
I just dont see why espn felt the need to make this a story.

loochy
04-21-2011, 01:05 PM
What exactly are the whites possessing in your thread title?

I just dont see why espn felt the need to make this a story.

I just don't see why haydenchiefs decided to randomly use an apostrophe in a plural.

RockChalk
04-21-2011, 01:21 PM
I just don't see why haydenchiefs decided to randomly use an apostrophe in a plural.

You two sure are on a mission today.

I thought bump was in charge of grammar around here?

loochy
04-21-2011, 01:24 PM
You two sure are on a mission today.

I thought bump was in charge of grammar around here?

He took a vacation day today. The deputies have stepped up.

Deberg_1990
04-21-2011, 01:27 PM
Where are all the Hispanics in Hockey??

Rausch
04-21-2011, 01:31 PM
I really don't like a world where we don't have ethnicity and diversity.

And by that I mean there is just some $3it that some people are naturally good at.

Deal.

Cope.

Move in next to "Smiling Bob" if you have to...

blaise
04-21-2011, 01:32 PM
There's Roddy White, for one.

Mr. Laz
04-21-2011, 01:33 PM
I think we need an affirmative action type rule in the NBA

"each team must give a tryout to a white player before they sign a black player"

Rausch
04-21-2011, 01:35 PM
There's Roddy White, for one.

OH, and this is the wrong fucking week to argue whitey can't make an impact in the NBA.

I'm thinking there was a tall-white-n-goofy that just dominated the 4th quarter of an NBA playoff game and..

....nevermind, carry on.

chiefsnorth
04-21-2011, 01:37 PM
This will continue because blacks are becoming a smaller percentage ofthe population, given the explosion in the Hispanic population.

Dartgod
04-21-2011, 01:45 PM
He took a vacation day today. The deputie's have stepped up.

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seaofred
04-21-2011, 02:14 PM
Because if they came up with a list about how few white players their are that would be racist.. Duh.

Mr. Arrowhead
04-21-2011, 02:14 PM
its because Baseball is more of a mental game

Otter
04-21-2011, 02:16 PM
This will continue because blacks are becoming a smaller percentage ofthe population, given the explosion in the Hispanic population.

20 million illegals and growing!

Spott
04-21-2011, 02:16 PM
Where are all the Hispanics in Hockey??

Probably sweeping up the floors after the game is over.

Rausch
04-21-2011, 02:17 PM
its because Baseball is more of a mental game

:eek:

mikeyis4dcats.
04-21-2011, 02:54 PM
to compare, depending on the source, the NFL is said to be between 68 and 78% african american. So non-blacks are at least 22%.

That's a far cry from 9%.

bobbything
04-21-2011, 02:58 PM
The percentage of black players in the major leagues dropped again on Opening Day this year even as the sport again received a top overall grade for racial diversity.
It just sounds to me like black people need to get better at baseball.

Chiefaholic
04-21-2011, 03:04 PM
With mixed race becoming more and more common, what is the legal definition of black? I could care less what race a guy is... If he's the better athlete or better option for a job, then he/she should get it w/o Affirmitive Action sticking their nose in it. America has grown beyond that crap

loochy
04-21-2011, 03:46 PM
America has grown beyond that crap

Ah, but has it?

mikey23545
04-21-2011, 03:53 PM
Ah, but has it?

Of course not!

Without Father State to guide us, we will be lost!

Brock
04-21-2011, 04:13 PM
So what, black kids don't play baseball anymore, that isn't news. Also, are Dominicans counted as Latino or what?

Chiefaholic
04-21-2011, 04:34 PM
Ah, but has it?

Who would have said there would be a black American president 40 years ago? Quit living in the past

Rain Man
04-21-2011, 04:59 PM
the study proved that blacks are better than whites at realizing that baseball is boring.
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CrazyPhuD
04-21-2011, 05:03 PM
No one studies the masters, only the slaves.

teedubya
04-21-2011, 05:03 PM
IMO, there are very few places to pick up a game of baseball in the urban jungle... however, you have basketball hoops everywhere... and between 10 people... only one needs a basketball. It's the same reason that soccer is so popular in poorer 3rd world countries... 1 ball... several kids.

Baseball, each kid needs a glove, you need bats, balls, bases... etc. And a dirt field. They are all harder to come by in the inner city.

DA_T_84
04-21-2011, 05:04 PM
Baseball is sacred. If we let gays play, the next thing you know we'll have to let animals play. It's a slippery slope.
/some people treat marriage this way.

kysirsoze
04-21-2011, 05:04 PM
I don't see what the problem is. Are there many reports of discrimination? Can't this just as likely be a matter of cultural differences in what sports people pursue?

ClevelandBronco
04-21-2011, 05:06 PM
More Chinese in NASCAR NOW!