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03-20-2013, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Poppa Puck View Post
He's was talking about the Dominican win and how Latin players now make up a big percentage of the MLB, then asked Kaat about how much has changed with that since he played. Then outta nowhere segued into how there's a lack of African-Americans in the MLB cause they all play Basketball or Football instead because it is cheaper to play growing up and they want the exposure in college that those sports have that baseball doesn't or something.

Meanwhile the whole time the DR was celebrating.
The interesting fact that nobody seems to bring up is that the numbers aren't really that shocking. 8% of MLB players (including international players, not just Americans) are African-American. 12% of the general population of the US is African-American. If you only count the percentage of American players that are black you get 11.11% of American MLB players are black.

Yes the numbers are shrinking since the 1960s, but I'm not seeing a huge demographic problem here. This isn't like the NFL coaching ranks, where a sport that is made up by a majority of black players has very few black coaches.

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