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Thursday, May 07, 2015

VICE SPORTS: HOW MLB STAYS WHITE

In fact, reports of Counsell’s hiring were flying across Twitter within an hour of the team’s Sunday dismissal of previous manager Ron Roenicke, who led Milwaukee to a Major League Baseball-worst 5-17 record in April. And none of that would be a problem, except for this: Milwaukee’s seemingly non-existent managerial search means the club almost certainly violated the league’s “Selig Rule,” which mandates that teams consider minority candidates for all prominent front office positions, including manager.

Is Counsell the right man for the job? Time will tell. Is he someone the Brewers have pegged as a future skipper for some time? Sure looks that way. Does the team ultimately have the right to hire whomever it wants? Of course. That said, Milwaukee shouldn’t be ignoring—or paying lip service to—a league rule designed to increase minority involvement in baseball, especially when that rule only exists because of the sport’s lamentable track record of including Latinos and African-Americans among its decision-makers.

When MLB enacted the Selig Rule in 1999, just over three percent of the league’s front office employees were women or minorities. The post-Selig Rule MLB has been much more diverse—over 20 percent of front office workers were women or minorities as of 2013. That’s the good news, and real progress. The bad news? Those sorts of gains haven’t been mirrored among managers and general managers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2015 at 01:05 PM | 12 comment(s)
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