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Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Sox’ coach Chili Davis deserves to be in manager ‘Pipeline’

Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.

The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.

Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s and Sox.

But Davis is African-American, and black candidates have simply had a harder time getting hired in top baseball operations jobs, from the field staff to the front office. Hispanics and women are under-represented as well.

Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr., Alex Cora, Pat Listach, DeMarlo Hale and Tarrik Brock are just a few minority candidates who are close to the top, but not quite there. Lloyd McClendon is available, so is Dave Clark.

It’s an issue MLB is keenly aware of, and is trying to improve — but there’s a long way to go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, chili davis, red sox, selig rule

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Death of baseball hurts heart, soul of black community

Baseball was a weekend respite from the oppression and depression of the waning days of a Jim Crow Deep South.

Baseball was where grown men could spend early afternoons hurling sliders to kids before late afternoon’s final sunlight gave way to darkness.

It was where mentoring black men could mold a battalion of young black boys toward adulthood, teaching respect for your teammates, for your elders, to respect women, to respect your peers and respect for the game itself.

Our strengths and bonds were stronger back then….

And then … It all fell apart, and none of us saw it coming.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:36 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans

 

 

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