The Importance Of Black Athletes In Baseball

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Twenty years ago baseball was graced with an abundance of talented African American players. Players who broke records, won championships, and captured the audience of America. Now the same amount of black talent in this sport is hard to find. There aren’t as many black stars as there once were. Yet, baseball can renew the interest of the sport among the African American community, and all signs appear as if they are at least trying to do so. Back in the 90’s baseball had star players on many teams. Names like Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas and Gary Sheffield were fixtures in America’s pastime. Now I challenge you to name at least five black players in baseball today of similar stature. Many will not be able to. …show more content…
But, the MLB has the highest average career span of all sports at 5.6 years as of a 2014-2015 consensus. The NFL has the least at 3.6 years. The MLB is also second in average salary, only 41,000 dollars behind the NBA at $4.17 million dollars. With so many recent findings of the destruction football can do to the body and mind of its athletes, way may see in the future less athletes participating in the dangerous sport. Parents may persuade their children to participate in other sports. A month ago Steeler’ Super Bowl champion and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El public stated he wish he would’ve never player football. Instead he wished he had chosen baseball. All of that being said baseball is a difficult sport to play today as opposed to 30 plus years ago. It is an expensive sport to be involved with. Expenses of equipment, travel, and hitting and pitching coaches may have soured its overall popularity. Kids can’t easily play pickup baseball like they can with football and basketball, especially kids growing up in the inner city. Also colleges do not nearly hand out as many scholarships to high school baseball players as they do with the two primary college sports. This equals a grave reason why baseball among black athletes isn’t as attractive of an option as other …show more content…
RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities and they are striving to help create an outlet for black athletes to become involved and succeed with the sport. RBI promotes the game to both boys and girls from the age of five to eighteen. In 2013 they had 213,000 participants and that number has climbed higher the past few years. Major League Baseball realizes the importance of maintaining popularity in the black community is. Rob Mansfred the newly elected commissioner, recently stated the value of diversity in the sport. He was discussing the issue of the lack of African American managers and coaches throughout the league. So change with diversity in the sport could be on the way. Officials of the sport see the lack of black players and I truly believe they are trying to increase not only the number of players but the popularity of it as well. Baseball is the most historic sport in America. We’ve seen so many African Americans dominate this sport even before Jackie broke the color barrier. Even as many people think baseball among blacks is fading into oblivion, it can still be restored. Maybe baseball just needs that black superstar like a modern day Griffey or Bonds to bring back its reputation to the black race. It may just need that one major role model that young children can look up

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