By Charlotte Young
Baseball may have received an A for racial diversity in hiring, but they really should have received a C.
An annual study conducted by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida, showed that the gender and racial hiring practices have declined “slightly,” while the role of women and minorities in baseball has been “consistent.”
But why do the numbers look so low?
Black players accounted for 8.5 percent of players at the start of the season, compared to 10 percent at the beginning of last year. This is the lowest level since 2007.
Latino players also dropped from 28.4 percent to 27 percent, the lowest level since 1999.
There has also been a drop in black and Latino managers, from 10 percent to six percent. Black and Latino coaches went from 31 percent to 29 percent.
On the top team executive level, the percentage is non-existent as no blacks fill any of those percentages.
“Jackie Robinson’s dream was to see more African-Americans playing, coaching and in the front office,” Lapchick said to the Associated Press.
Although there are the obvious changes to the game, from the looks of it there’s much more work that needs to be done.