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maybe his next peice will be on basketball... or gymnastics!

(ps, slight math error, if "blacks make up approximately 12% of the US population", then black males make up 12% of the Male US Pop.)

Posted by steamboat willy at April 24, 2007 01:19 AM

Curious that he made no mention of how many Latinos are on the Chargers. I'll bet there are fewer than the Padres.

Posted by Duffy at April 24, 2007 07:48 AM

Just curious, how many Latino players do the San Jose Sharks have? Or the Phoenix Coyotes?

And by the way, it was the University of Central Florida whose football team had the bench-clearing brawl with Miami this past season. Maybe they should work on their thug image first, huh?

Posted by G Rex at April 24, 2007 09:48 AM

There are two big problems in terms of African-American participation in major league baseball.

First, AA youth just aren't playing the game. MLB is working on this through their RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) program, but that will take time and still require interest on the part of AA youth, who seem to be more interested in basketball and football.

Second, since 1991, Latino percentages in MLB has almost doubled. That's the Earliest year I could find data for quickly, but if you took it back further the effect would be even more pronounced. In fact, if you look at the data (page 14 of this PDF), you'll see that the percentage of white players has decreased since 1991. And again, I'm sure that drop is even higher as you go back to before the explosion of Latino players in the 80s.

When you take into account the increased internationalization of the game as more foreign players are entering the big leagues over the past few decades, you can actually argue that African-Americans are over-represented as they are a virtually negligible proportion of countries that MLB draws from nowadays in latin America. (Or, I think they are anyway.)

Posted by Paul Smith at April 24, 2007 03:01 PM

sw: I was going by the general pop. figures.

Posted by Hube at April 24, 2007 04:22 PM


You don't teach math, statistics or probability- right?

Posted by AJ Lynch at April 24, 2007 09:30 PM

No, I don't AJ. SW's right -- I should have used the 12% male figure instead of general pop. figures. But to proportionate representationists, that still wouldn't matter to them. They'd argue about "available pool" or some other such drivel.

Posted by Hube at April 25, 2007 03:17 PM

Considering how unrepresented white men are in pro basketball and pro football, I wonder if those leagues will be conducting programs to encourage white youths to take up those sports similar to the program the baseball league has to encourage "inner city" youths to take up baseball? I won't hold my breath. If whites are underrepresented, that's considered evidence of "how far we've come".

Frankly I'm tired of watching virtually all-black pro football teams. I'm REAL tired of the showboating and poor sportsmanship. And I think it's as discouraging for young white boys to watch football where almost every player is black as it was before Jackie Robinson's day for young black boys to watch baseball where every player was white.

Posted by Mark at April 25, 2007 03:59 PM

Mark: And I anyone reading your comment should follow the link to your blog and read your April 20 post--and I mean ALL of it, every single word, to the very end--to know where you're coming from.


Posted by reader_iam at April 27, 2007 01:52 AM

Unless, of course, you meant it as parody.

Posted by reader_iam at April 27, 2007 05:05 PM