David James

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Major League Baseball on the lookout for Black talent




According to the latest data, 20 percent of Major League Baseball (MLB) Central Office executives are Blacks or people of color. Three of them recently were in town during the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Since 2008, Wendy Lewis has been the highest ranking Black female as senior vice president of Diversity and Strategic Alliances. Thomas Brasuell is vice president of MLB Community Affairs. David James became the first full-time director of the 22-year-old RBI youth baseball and softball program in 2008. Continue Reading →

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Lewis speaks to RBI participants



It was only a few minutes, but Wendy Lewis had a room full of young ladies hanging on her every word. “I saw myself in all of you,” said Lewis, the senior vice president of Major League Baseball Diversity and Strategic Alliances last Friday at the Twins ballpark as the featured speaker for this year’s RBI World Series opening banquet. “We are much more the same than we are different.”

Before her remarks, Baseball’s highest ranking Black female executive watched the softball players ages 19 and under who came as far west as Hawaii, as far south as the Dominican Republic, and as far east as New Jersey converse with each other without some handheld device in their hands during the dinner. “You don’t even know how meaningful that is… It’s been a long time since I’ve been with a group of people in this age group,” Lewis told them, reminding them that they are part of a generation “that can do things so successfully, so remotely, so isolated that people have forgotten how to be human” and as a result, people today use cell phones as “appendages.”

“It is not by coincidence or by happenstance” that they reached the Twin Cities this year, reaffirmed Lewis as she recalled what she read earlier that day during her morning Bible study: “There are only 1,440 minutes in each day — that’s it. Continue Reading →

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