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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Beyond the Selig Rule: Can Baseball Fix Its Pipeline For Managers of Color?

Twenty-two years later, Selig’s goals remain admirable. But evidence suggests that the rule bearing his name has had minimal effect on the makeup of baseball’s top decision-makers. A new study from Arizona State University’s Global Sport Institute examining MLB manager hiring and firing patterns from 2010 to 2019 has found that while managers of color during that time period had the same or more robust playing and coaching experience as their White peers, the managers of color were hired through a more narrow career pathway and within a smaller age range, had shorter tenures, and enjoyed fewer second chances.

During the time period examined:

Eight Black managers were dismissed. Only three were hired.
Thirteen managers with no previous coaching experience were hired. Twelve were White. One was of Color.
Seven White minor league managers were hired, compared with just two of Color.
Ten outgoing White managers went on to manage again, while only four outgoing managers of Color did the same.
Managers of Color had, on average, a higher winning percentage in their final season before being fired than White managers did.
Seventy-five percent of the outgoing managers of Color were fired rather than leaving of their own accord. By contrast, 57 percent of outgoing White managers departed the same way.
In 2010, three of five newly hired managers in MLB were White. In 2019, five of six new MLB managers were White.

Baseball’s issues with diversity aren’t limited to in-game leadership. Just under 8 percent of MLB players are Black, down from an all-time high of 18.7 percent in 1981. The league has struggled to place women and people of Color into front-office leadership roles and has lost much of its grassroots connection to Black America.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2021 at 02:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
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