Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Race Newsbeat

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

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP: 5 December 2016: Baseball's New Collective Bargaining Agreement
(1787 - 8:51am, Dec 11)
Last: Jay Z

NewsblogWEEI: SOURCES: FORMER RED SOX MANAGER BOBBY VALENTINE BEING CONSIDERED FOR UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
(72 - 8:28am, Dec 11)
Last: Eddie Hart

NewsblogOT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread
(1320 - 8:00am, Dec 11)
Last: Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant

NewsblogOT - College Football Bowl Spectacular (December 2016 - January 2017)
(77 - 7:56am, Dec 11)
Last: AuntBea

NewsblogSarris -- Going off the record at baseball's winter meetings - Insider ($)
(14 - 7:49am, Dec 11)
Last: djordan

NewsblogLeyland Wants Change In U.S. Mentality In Next Year's WBC
(17 - 5:55am, Dec 11)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogWinning in MLB is harder when everyone is smarter - SweetSpot- ESPN
(7 - 1:08am, Dec 11)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogRyan Thibs has his 2017 HOF Tracker Up and Running
(116 - 12:23am, Dec 11)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogHow Did Rick Porcello Go From Afterthought to Ace?
(17 - 6:14pm, Dec 10)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

Gonfalon CubsCubs roster update - post Winter Meetings
(29 - 5:46pm, Dec 10)
Last: Andere Richtingen

NewsblogWhy the Adam Eaton trade wasn’t a panic move for the Washington Nationals - The Washington Post
(15 - 5:12pm, Dec 10)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPitch boss on Fox baseball drama's struggle and future | EW
(11 - 4:42pm, Dec 10)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogDexter Fowler's $82.5M deal with the Cardinals shows free agency is alive and well
(2 - 3:39pm, Dec 10)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogOT: October-November 2016 Soccer Thread
(380 - 1:01pm, Dec 10)
Last: I am going to be Frank

NewsblogJAYSON STARK ON THE WINTER MEETINGS: “I’M ONLY GOING TO REPORT INFORMATION THAT I AM CONFIDENT ABOUT”
(21 - 11:49am, Dec 10)
Last: McCoy

Page rendered in 0.8782 seconds
50 querie(s) executed