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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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One player’s RBI diary: six days of softball competition

 

 

Chelsea Hall is now in her first year at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina to study sports management. “Softball isn’t going to be there my whole life, but I’m really into sports,” she points out. “I want to do something with sports whether I’m playing or not.”

The MSR followed Hall and her teammates during Atlanta’s six-day trek to the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) softball championship in Minneapolis. Here is her daily diary:

Friday

Hall is one of 12 RBI for RBI Scholarship recipients this year and was recognized at the opening banquet at the Twins stadium. She said she wasn’t expecting it: “I just told my story,” she noted. Continue Reading →

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All-Star hype offers little for Blacks

 

 

The Minnesota Twins last week kicked off the team’s apparent year-long promotional blitz on their hosting of the 2014 All-Star Game. It is their third time being hosts at three different venues: the old and gone Metropolitan Stadium (1965); the old and soon-to-be gone Metrodome (1985); and, a year from now, at their present edifice located on the North Minneapolis-downtown border. “We dreamed of hosting this incredible event,” said Twins Owner Jim Polhad in a team release. After reading this and the media-distributed fact sheet, my curiosity got the best of me and I came up with some Roberta Flack-Donny Hathaway-Billy Preston-type questions:

Where were the Blacks then, and will there be any Blacks next year? Willie Mays and Bob Gibson were among 12 Blacks who played here in the 1965 game, and seven Blacks played in the 1985 dome game. Continue Reading →

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Only certain changes for beleaguered Twins are fewer Blacks

 

 

Baseball each year is like that groundhog that supposedly predicts how long winter will last. It reminds us of a welcome change of seasons ahead.  

Spring training begins this week, which signals that the frigid weather hopefully soon will soon be gone. Along with thi

s comes the annual optimistic aura that engulfs each team, including the Minnesota Twins, who twice have come within a game of losing 100 games in consecutive seasons. During the off-season,

the Twins rid themselves of the little on-field diversity it had by dismissing its only Black coach and trading away its two recognizable Black players. Continue Reading →

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