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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Vox.com: This is why baseball is so white

There are a lot of thoughts on how to bring more black children into baseball, like community programs that try to provide opportunities to inner-city minority children. But there is still a core group of people who talk a lot about baseball as if it’s sacred because of the vague American ideals it represents. We know they exist in baseball’s mainstream because they come out of the woodwork every time baseball doesn’t look the way they think it should. But as sportswriter Will Leitch told the New York Times Magazine, “I don’t think the game is fading. I think the notion of what the game is supposed to stand for is fading.”

When people say baseball is a game that is supposed to be passed down from fathers to sons, they’re not just saying that because fathers can be on the other end of a thrown ball. And when people say baseball is supposed to look a certain way, they’re not just saying that because it’s in the rulebooks or because it’ll make you a better player. Rather, It’s a coded message that baseball is about being more white.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: demographics, race

Monday, September 12, 2016

Adam Jones on MLB’s lack of Kaepernick protest: ‘Baseball is a white man’s sport’

“We already have two strikes against us already,’’ Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones told USA TODAY Sports, “so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can’t kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don’t need us.

“Baseball is a white man’s sport.’’

Indeed, African Americans comprise 68% of the player population in the NFL, and 74% in the NBA. That number is just 8% in baseball, with only 69 African-Americans on the opening-day rosters and disabled lists this season.

This doesn’t mean that anyone who protests racial inequality or police brutality will be released from their teams, or banished from baseball, never to wear a uniform again. Still, in the conservative world of baseball, whose players stand 162 times for the national anthem, playing in front of more fans than any sport in the country, they could face much more ridicule and ostracization.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:16 PM | 129 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, race

 

 

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