Wendy Lewis

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MLB All-Star Game: It’s more than just a baseball game

Many exciting and interesting events and happenings took place prior to the annual MLB All-Star Game in addition to the midseason game itself, including encounters with lots of interesting folk. Here are just a few:

 

Mpls Convention Center, July 9 

Over a dozen local kids from Phelps Park in South Minneapolis sneak-peeked at the All-Star FanFest. “This is a once-of-a-lifetime type thing for them,” explained Jason McGinley, who coaches baseball at the park. Jahvon Craven, age 13, for example, demonstrated his baseball skills in front of retired Twins great Tony Oliva. Diversity was in full bloom as Blacks and other people of color were heavily involved at the five-day FanFest.  “Thirty of us came from out of town” to work the event, said Chanetah Pauley, a security worker, culinary arts student, and singer from Kansas City, Mo. Continue Reading →

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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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