Monday, October 17, 2016
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.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
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.
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:36 PM | 17 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Log onto any mainstream website or media outlet (certainly any program within the ESPN empire) and 30 seconds cannot pass without extreme statistical analysis, which didn’t exist 20 years ago, hijacking the conversation. But not in “BlackWorld,” where never is heard an advanced analytical word. Not in urban barbershops. Not in text chains during three-hour games. Not around office water coolers. Not even in pressrooms or locker rooms where black folks who make a living in the industry spend all day and half the night talking about the most intimate details of sports.
Let’s take the Golden State Warriors locker room, for example. I thought the complete stiff-arming of the statistical revolution might very well be generational. Old black folks don’t, but younger black folks might.
I asked Draymond Green, the Warriors star whose new-age game is constantly being defined statistically, if he engages in any advanced analytics conversation either professionally or personally. His answer was emphatic.
“No. Neither. Professionally, I play completely off of feel. I hear people discussing my game in terms of all these advanced numbers. I have no part of it,” Green said. “Even paying attention to it, from a playing standpoint, would make me robotic and undermine my game. I’m supposed to step back behind the line in real time to avoid taking a ‘bad two’? That’s thinking way too much. I don’t get the fascination at all.”
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