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Old 04-11-2013, 07:51 AM  
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MLB creating committee to study decline in African-American players

Why has it been on the decline with African Americans? Too much competition with other sports?

MLB might be the most diversified of all major american sporting leagues. Its an International league now.




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Major League Baseball is creating a committee to study why fewer African-Americans are playing baseball, reports Tyler Kepner of The New York Times. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

“I don't want to miss any opportunity here,” [commissioner Bud Selig] said in a telephone interview from his office in Milwaukee. “We want to find out if we're not doing well, why not, and what we need to do better. We'll meet as many times as we need to to come to meaningful decisions.”

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“I really think our history is so brilliant when it comes to African-Americans,” Selig said. “You think about the late 1940s, the 1950s — wow. And you look at that and you say to yourself, ‘Why did it not continue, and what could we do to make sure it does continue?' ”

According to Kepner, only 8.5 percent of players on this year's opening-day 25-man rosters were African-American. The reigning world champion Giants are one of several clubs with zero black players. Recent research by Mark Armour from the Society of American Baseball Research says the highest percentage of African-American players in baseball was 19 percent in 1986.

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski will be chairman of the committee. Former Mets manager Jerry Manuel, Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir and senior director of the MLB scouting bureau Frank Marcos will also serve on the committee, in addition to several other front office employees from around the league.

I think at least part of the reason the number of African-Americans in baseball has declined has to do with the lack of baseball scholarships colleges can offer. NCAA Division I schools are allowed only 11.7 baseball scholarships, and many fund fewer. Other sports like football (85 scholarships in the FBS) and basketball (13 in Division I) can offer more, which may be luring young athletes -- of all races, not just African-Americans -- away from the diamond.

There is no shortage of star African-American players in MLB today. Andrew McCutchen won a fan vote to be on the cover of the MLB 13: The Show video game while others like Matt Kemp, CC Sabathia, Prince Fielder, Michael Bourn and Jimmy Rollins are household names. Perhaps better marketing of these guys (and others) will help influence young African-Americans to play baseball.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:30 AM   #31
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More to Goldmembers point, its really expensive to excel as well. I have a good friend that plays college baseball and some others that play college football and basketball. Of course it could just be the person, but it seems much harder to get ahead of the competition in baseball.

As the OP mentions, there are a lot less baseball scholarships around than football and basketball. In order to get one of those scholarships, you need to be head and shoulders above the competition. Going to those expensive ass summer camps while you're growing up seems essential for baseball, as opposed to just relying on raw athletic ability in basketball and football.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:33 AM   #32
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It's the urban black culture. Nobody there likes baseball all that much. I see no reason to blame MLB on that. What did they do to cause that?

It's all whitey's fault you know that.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:35 AM   #33
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MLB is now dominated by Latino's.

Minorities.

This is like complaining that there aren't enough Asians writing epic poetry...
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:36 AM   #34
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It's all whitey's fault you know that.
Selig wants to know where the blacks have gone, but I wonder if he's asking after the last election where the whiteys have gone? Nope. He won't be asking that.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:36 AM   #35
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Who cares? Anyone do a study on the decline of White players in the NBA? It's still land of the free, do we need a committee for everything now?
Yes.

We must have a committee for this.

And also we cannot:

say the word Christmas
no Easter Bunnies
no Washington Redskins

etc, etc, etc.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:37 AM   #36
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MLB is almost exclusively on cable these days. Even one of the two LCS is on cable every year. If you're an inner city kid you're probably less likely to have cable, so you may not even see much baseball all year.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:38 AM   #37
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Selig wants to know where the blacks have gone, but I wonder if he's asking after the last election where the whiteys have gone? Nope. He won't be asking that.

Black people have evidently spoken.

They don't like baseball.

So the **** what!

I rarely watch NBA except for the last 2 minutes of any game.
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MLB is almost exclusively on cable these days. Even one of the two LCS is on cable every year. If you're an inner city kid you're probably less likely to have cable, so you may not even see much baseball all year.
Sounds like the NBA playoffs.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #39
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Barry Bonds screwed it all up for black people.

Blame him.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:41 AM   #40
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more black people playing baseball = more black people watching baseball and buying tickets


have to get the black demo going

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Sounds like the NBA playoffs.
The thing is that black kids already feel like they can relate to NBA players. It's not as critical to draw them in.
With MLB they already don't relate that well, and having it be unseen just puts it further into the back of their mind.
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The thing is that black kids already feel like they can relate to NBA players. It's not as critical to draw them in.
With MLB they already don't relate that well, and having it be unseen just puts it further into the back of their mind.
Plus baseball is not very flashy.

No home run dances at home plate after you round the bases.

Can you imagine that? hehehehe
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Let's end this right now: Soccer and Baseball are almost dominated by 2nd world countries because it's cheap to learn and play them.

End of ****ing story.

Soccer needs a ball.

Baseball needs 1 bat, 1 ball, and that's it.

The only reason Latinos and Asians don't dominate basketball is due to GENETICS.

Most of them just don't tend to grow that ****ing tall...
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Let's end this right now: Soccer and Baseball are almost dominated by 2nd world countries because it's cheap to learn and play them.

End of ****ing story.

Soccer needs a ball.

Baseball needs 1 bat, 1 ball, and that's it.

The only reason Latinos and Asians don't dominate basketball is due to GENETICS.

Most of them just don't tend to grow that ****ing tall...


Yao Ming disagrees with this statement.

He's one in a million as far as height goes.
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Yao Ming disagrees with this statement.

He's one in a million as far as height goes.
Proving my point...
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