July 19, 2011
PERHAPS NOT THE BEST EXAMPLE:
Baseball continues to see fewer black players (Mac Engel, Jul. 17, 2011, Star-Telegram)
For a variety of reasons, from societal to financial, the sport can't seem to reverse the trend of fewer African-Americans playing baseball.
The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports reported this year that the number of blacks in baseball is down to 8.5 percent. The percentage of Latinos is 27 percent.
The percentage for African-Americans in MLB is at its lowest level since 2007. When the institute began to track the figure in 1990, 17 percent of all MLB players were African-American. Beginning in 1997, the number has steadily decreased for a variety of reasons.
When Cory Patterson walks into the Toronto Blue Jays' clubhouse before a game he sees his teammates and his friends. People he enjoys playing the game with. What he doesn't see are very many people who look like him.
He is one of three black players on his roster.
My math isn't so hot, but wouldn't 3 of 25 mean that blacks are slightly over-represented as a proportion of the US population (I know Toronto is technically Canada), whereas 13 of 25 being white is significant under-representation? Posted by Orrin Judd at July 19, 2011 5:21 PM