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MLB creating committee to study decline in African-American players
cbs ^ | April 10, 2013 10:39 am ET | Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Posted on 04/10/2013 7:45:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin

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.

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What's to study?

Ball clubs hire the best players they can find. They don't care if they are from Minnesota, Michigan or Venezuela.

1 posted on 04/10/2013 7:45:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

It’s PR to counter the Robinson movie. Transparent, pandering, shameful.


2 posted on 04/10/2013 7:47:44 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: BenLurkin

Waiting for the NBA to study the decline in white basketball players.


3 posted on 04/10/2013 7:48:07 PM PDT by AU72
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To: BenLurkin

There don’t seem to be a lot of White Anglo players anymore as well, are they going to study that?


4 posted on 04/10/2013 7:48:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Single A ,Double A , AAA then pros

Three years of NCAAF then pros

One year of NCAAB then pros

What is the hardest route to a multi-million dollar contract?

That is why 5’9” African American athletes try to become an NBA point guard instead of a MLB second baseman.


5 posted on 04/10/2013 7:48:43 PM PDT by Reaganez
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To: BenLurkin
Rapping has nothing to do with hitting the ball?

Who knew?

6 posted on 04/10/2013 7:48:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
They have been displaced in that job by Hispanics, and when we start having a bunch of six foot six plus Hispanics they will displace them in basketball too! I tagged it for sarcasm because some people can't tell!
7 posted on 04/10/2013 7:49:04 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin

Let’s talk about basketball....


8 posted on 04/10/2013 7:50:04 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

I’d say its because we don’t do little league the way we used to and if blacks go to college, they go to schools that don’t put much emphasis on baseball in their sports programs.

I know there are some damn fine black players out there.

Also are black latin American players considered black or latin American?


9 posted on 04/10/2013 7:51:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

No white members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Just saying.


10 posted on 04/10/2013 7:51:27 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: BenLurkin

In other news, the NBA is creating a committee to study the decline in Caucasian-American players.


11 posted on 04/10/2013 7:52:26 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin
I can only assume that if the number of black and hispanic players was on the rise, meaning whites were a shrinking proportion, there'd be a similar "investigation"?

In fact, if it's like the NFL or NBA, blacks are already overrepresented compared to their percentage of the general public, which according to the discrimination industry is enough to virtually prove racism when the cleat is on the other foot (minority of interest underrepresented), so where's the cries of discrimination against whites? Hmmm? Crickets.......

12 posted on 04/10/2013 7:53:12 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: cripplecreek

Latin, regardless of skin tone.


13 posted on 04/10/2013 7:53:24 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Reaganez

No kidding, you have to work a lot harder to become a pro ball player but there is certainly no deficit of blacks who do.


14 posted on 04/10/2013 7:53:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

I heard Rush (I think) today griping about this. He noted that no-one was ever doing any study to see why orientals aren’t in any of these sports.


15 posted on 04/10/2013 7:55:09 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: BenLurkin
The real question is, are Dominican and Haitian players considered African-American by this author?

-PJ

16 posted on 04/10/2013 7:56:45 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Meant to add...

Is this a case of the author just seeing "black" and labeling all as "African-American?"

-PJ

17 posted on 04/10/2013 7:59:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

The NHL has a good balance.


18 posted on 04/10/2013 7:59:57 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: BenLurkin

What’s to blame. How about liberal land use planning that forces developers to build on small lots within cities so there is not room to play baseball because the land is too valuable for sports fields.

You can put about 20 basketball courts in the space it takes for just one baseball field if you include the foul territory area. Maintenance cost for an outdoor basketball court is next to nothing while a baseball field can be very expensive to maintain.


19 posted on 04/10/2013 8:00:24 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Political Junkie Too

Mrs. JF’nK is an African-American.


20 posted on 04/10/2013 8:01:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

Is anyone still wondering why so many people say we need a new commissioner? Better yet, no commissioner! But, especially, no one related to the Selig family!


21 posted on 04/10/2013 8:03:11 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: dfwgator
Good point. But we're second class citizens now. /s
It would be called racist to study whites.

There's not a lot of White Anglo Saxon players on the LPGA tour ether. Koreans have pretty much monopolized that.

We are pitiful right now. Thanks to the libtards in charge.

22 posted on 04/10/2013 8:04:28 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: Paladin2

oh man I remember Tearaiza claiming she was African American—so insincere


23 posted on 04/10/2013 8:05:24 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Just off the top of my head as a Tiger fan.

Austin Jackson

Tori Hunter

Prince Fielder

Al Albuquerque (Pitcher)

That’s 4 of a 9 man team.


24 posted on 04/10/2013 8:06:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Reaganez

You got it. Minor leagues are the reason for the decline in black players.

Boise, Idaho. Knoxville, Tennessee. Des Moines, Iowa. Not many guys want to spend 4 to 6 seasons in those places.


25 posted on 04/10/2013 8:07:37 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

I would like to see a commission study why Blacks are dramatically over represented on TV and the movies.

How does 12% equate to maybe a third, and among professionals such as Dr.s, Scientists, Judges etc. I would guess it is closer to 70%. Actually judges is a strange one. It is almost all Black females.


26 posted on 04/10/2013 8:08:21 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Reaganez

The problem with baseball is that you could be a decent player....go into the “A” league, and linger for a year or two, and then they say you just don’t have it. Why waste potentially four years?


27 posted on 04/10/2013 8:11:40 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Because they are too smart to waste hundreds of dollars a week on beer party popularity (fans) or understand the odds of becoming a ‘Pro’ in America where only race and marketability matter (players).

That said, Japan has a HUGE love of Baseball rivaling our own.

-IN- Japan.


28 posted on 04/10/2013 8:14:13 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: AU72

...AND the NFL study, too.


29 posted on 04/10/2013 8:17:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Political Junkie Too

You know of a Haitian playing major league baseball?


30 posted on 04/10/2013 8:20:16 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

I really could care less.

This whole thing about tracking percentages of races in what is moronic and offensive and quota offensive.

So what if percentages go down. Since when is there a requirement they only go up? Good grief.

How about examining how to get more whites back in the NBA?

This is such a myopic, narrow, zero-tolerance zero thought knee jerk way to think you’re measuring “fairness”. It’s idiotic.

Nobody in the stands freaking cares. Screw the quota people. that’s all they care about anyway. Let em pound sand. Blacks by population percentage are well over-represented on most sports teams people watch.

God. This whole planet is freaking moronic. It’s like libtards are going for the full court press on all issues to drive regular people nuts.

It’s time to get everyone’s nose out of everyone else’s business, and every freaking greedy hand out of everyone else’s wallets. government hands and taker’s hands.


31 posted on 04/10/2013 8:30:40 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: AU72

“Waiting for the NBA to study the decline in white basketball players.”

Apparently, the Minneapolis Star Tribune found all the white guys playing for the MN Timberwolves this season. There was actually an article in the paper about this during pre-season. It seems that one of the black players found it weird to be playing with so many white guys on the same team. Lol!


32 posted on 04/10/2013 8:33:21 PM PDT by MNGal
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To: cripplecreek

I’m a Prince Fielder fan. For the same reason I root for Mickey Lolich.


33 posted on 04/10/2013 8:39:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
The reigning world champion Giants are one of several clubs with zero black players.

Oh, really?


34 posted on 04/10/2013 8:40:29 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Baseball fan)
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To: cripplecreek

Also are black latin American players considered black or latin American?


Back in the 1950’s they were Latin American

When they come for spring training in Florida, and many places still were segregated....the players would tell the establishment proprietors “oh he is Spanish, not black”
when it came to Black teammates (whether Spanish or not)...that way they could go into segregated places with their teammates


35 posted on 04/10/2013 8:44:01 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: BenLurkin; All

Blacks are not playing baseball as much because there are more opportunities in other sports, esp football and basketball

Football has bigger rosters and more top league jobs, while basketball provides a lot of good paying jobs outside of the NBA...many players are in Euro and Asian leagues making big bucks


36 posted on 04/10/2013 8:47:37 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: BenLurkin

what are you rooting for mickey for, today?


37 posted on 04/10/2013 9:03:50 PM PDT by stickywillie (how come there's no father-in-law jokes?)
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To: stickywillie
Should read rooted
38 posted on 04/10/2013 9:06:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SeaHawkFan

This is such a sad thought. (Baseball is the only sport I really enjoy a lot)

To Rembrandt, I was thinking that Selig is getting senile when DH told me about this at dinner. Many of the Astros best players were Black. (I don’t know about now, but mid 80s-90s) lol I couldn’t remember Gerald Young’s name to save my soul, though.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane & thank goodness for rosters on line!


39 posted on 04/10/2013 9:45:01 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: jjotto
I guess not. Wrong side of the island, I suppose. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

-PJ

40 posted on 04/10/2013 9:48:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
What’s to blame. How about liberal land use planning that forces developers to build on small lots within cities so there is not room to play baseball because the land is too valuable for sports fields.

That's one thing, but there are other factors that play in as well.

A surprisingly large number of black children are from Urban ghetto areas and 70% are the children of single, unwed mothers who have histories of several generations of cumulative drug and alcohol abuse.

Many of these kids have serious fetal alcohol or drug syndrome problems with brain and nervous system damage and impairment which reduces the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination needed to be a serious baseball player, as well as general cognitive functions. The various levels of motor impairment, hyperactivity, attention deficit, impulse control and anger management problems of people with fetal substance abuse issues makes it even harder to excel at baseball

While you don't have to be a genius to play baseball, intelligence and fast thinking are definite edge in baseball.

The same decline is true in the music industry. How many Stevie Wonders, Jimmy Hendricks, Diana Ross Grover Washington's or Aretha Franklins do you see these days.

Music used to be the place where true artistry and musical talent trumped race and was a traditional area where gifted African Americans could excel despite race and some truly amazing talents have chosen this route.

How many serially talented black musicians are on the scene?

Not as many as there used to be.

Most are doing rap and the only tting they know how to play is a boom box.

A lot of it has to do with the cumulative effects of 5 generations of welfare dependence and drug and alcohol abuse in the African American community.

The chaotic gangster lifestyle does mesh well with baseball either, while it meshes much better with basketball.

41 posted on 04/10/2013 10:01:40 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: BenLurkin

I am sure there will soon be a study of the now-extinct white cornerback and runningback in the NFL.

As one who played a lot of baseball as a kid and raised 4 sons, I encouraged and coached my boys in baseball. Each one left it for lacrosse. Our culture has changed over time, and MLB carries a lot of the responsibility for the decline in baseball’s popularity with a lot of kids. They got greedy, and for all that the reserve clause was illegal, it certainly did so much for kids to identify with their teams and their teams’ players. Free agency ruined a lot of the attachments to the teams’ identities and the kids are not as emotionally attached as they were in the old days. There are exceptions like the Yankees and Red Sox but players also are coming and going to the highest bidder.

The decline in American Blacks’ interest in baseball is due in no small part to LBJ’s Great Society. Baseball was something kids enjoyed with their fathers and was something Dad passed down. We all know what the Welfare State did to fathers in the home. The culture suffered and baseball as part of the culture is lost to a large part of Black society.


42 posted on 04/10/2013 10:26:15 PM PDT by untwist
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To: yarddog

“I would like to see a commission study why Blacks are dramatically over represented on TV and the movies.”

Liberal white guilt. Funny. I work in the biz here in Hollywood yet not one of my “friends” in the industry keep casting blacks when hispanics and Asians are not represented when they have more the spending ability than blacks and a larger group than blacks?


43 posted on 04/10/2013 11:32:43 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: BenLurkin
MLB creating committee to study decline in African-American players

I guess I missed the other important story about the almost total decline of white players in the NBA.

Can someone cite the origin and date of that study?

44 posted on 04/10/2013 11:42:42 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: BenLurkin

Today baseball is played by organized teams, little league, high school, college etc. There is no longer just kids out playing ball. It’s probably different in Latino countries. When I was kid there was hoards of kids playing ball at the parks or just playing catch. Now black kids do nothing but dribble basketballs. And with the HUGE democrat approved lack of black kids graduating, they sure aren’t going to become baseball players.


45 posted on 04/11/2013 12:23:30 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Without Life nothing else matters.)
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To: BenLurkin

they get more money from football..


46 posted on 04/11/2013 1:38:06 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: BenLurkin
Reading the headline, I immediately thought this story had to be from The Onion. We're living in an Onion world, where insanity is reality.
47 posted on 04/11/2013 1:40:52 AM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: BenLurkin

So when do we see a national committee to investigate why fewer White males are playing basketball?

This is just more reverse-racist bullsh*t.


48 posted on 04/11/2013 2:57:48 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: AU72

Came here to post the same.


49 posted on 04/11/2013 3:02:17 AM PDT by machman
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To: AU72

Snap.


50 posted on 04/11/2013 4:39:23 AM PDT by Amagi (Obama is never so animated as when he is assaulting the Constitution.)
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