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    The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Baseballís Dearth of Black Catchers Helps Explain Its Dearth of Black Managers
    Former catchers hold about a third of MLBís managing jobs. But there hasnít been a Black everyday catcher in baseball in nearly two decades.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/basebal....co/MzBSHyCqty


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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    When I was a kid I always liked Charles Johnson.
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Interesting stuff from Jared, too bad it's behind that WSJ paywall. More should be able to read it

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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Off the top of my head, the only African-American catchers I can recall playing for the Reds are Hal King, Lloyd McClendon, and Terry McGriff. (And McClendon was more of a C/1B/3B/OF utility guy with a little bit of pop in his bat.)
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    I remember the days of Johnny Roseboro, Earl Battey, Elston Howard.

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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Did the author overlook Russell Martin because he is biracial, or because he is Canadian?
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Did the author overlook Russell Martin because he is biracial, or because he is Canadian?
    Russell Martin was mentioned as both Canadian and biracial

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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Madden View Post
    Russell Martin was mentioned as both Canadian and biracial
    Thanks. In the part that was available without a subscription, there was no mention of him. That part of the article also mentioned that there had been no black starting catchers in nearly two decades, though Martin had been a regular as recently as 2016 with the Blue Jays.
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Thanks. In the part that was available without a subscription, there was no mention of him. That part of the article also mentioned that there had been no black starting catchers in nearly two decades, though Martin had been a regular as recently as 2016 with the Blue Jays.
    I think the author was focusing on African American Everyday Catchers in the article.

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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    When I was a kid I always liked Charles Johnson.
    Same, great defender and could hit the homer.
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    When I was a kid I always liked Charles Johnson.
    Former Reds catcher Terry McGriff is Charles Johnson's uncle.
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Most black mlb players aren't African American they're mostly Dominican Cuban Puerto Rican or Mexican, most African American athletes prefer to play basketball or football It's not anyone's fault that most of the Dominican CubanPuertoo Ricanand Mexicancatchersdon'look as black as players from those places that play other positions
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    Re: The Decline Of Black Catchers In MLB

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    When I was a kid I always liked Charles Johnson.
    Me too. Saw him go 4-4 with 2 HRs in a AA game for the Portland Sea Dogs, and liked him ever since.
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