Re: Torii Hunter seeks to make a difference
All-time top ten baseball leaders:
HRS 5/10 black
Runs 4/10 black
Hits 1/10 black
RBI 3/10 black
SB 4/10 black
BA 0/10 black
Jackie Robinson played his first game in 1947 and 31 out of the 60 slots filled above are by white all-time greats who never even played with African Americans. Of the 29 slots available, African Americans hold 16 of them, more than double the percentage of black participation in the sport at its highest.
African Americans have been dispaportionately successful at baseball and MLB is missing out on an abundance of talent. So I would say it is a problem for the game that such a decrease has occured. I hope MLB's and Tori Hunter's efforts are successful, because the future of the sport will be much stronger if they are.
Thank goodness for baseball.