Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Is the Texas manager helping lure African Americans back to baseball?

Friday, October 21st, 2011

(Tri-State Defender) While it may be a stretch to say that Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is single-handedly luring a new mass of African Americans to the nation’s pastime, the conversation is legit.

Washington’s passionate and extremely effective leadership has caught the attention of many within the African-American community who may not have followed baseball in the past, or sports overall, for that matter.

One of two African-Americans managing a Major League Baseball team, Washington has the Rangers in the World Series for the second straight year. If Texas were to win, Washington would join Cito Gaston (Toronto, 1992, 1993) as the only African Americans to skipper a World Series champion.

“I have had much respect on how the Rangers have given Mr. Washington the great opportunity within the Rangers organization,” said Rangers’ fan Tamara Johnson. “His back story, along with some of the other players living testimonies, reminds me that your life off the field is just as important as your life on the field.”

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Hispanic groups: Boycott All-Star Game

Monday, July 4th, 2011

(Fox Sports) With Major League Baseball's All-Star Game less than two weeks away, Hispanic groups outraged over Arizona's attempt to crack down on illegal immigrants are pressing players and fans to sit out this year's spectacle, reported Saturday.

Even though the state's controversial immigration law has been put on hold by the federal courts, opponents say a boycott is still a good idea.

"We just encourage everyone who opposes racism and discrimination, think about children separated from families, to come out and stand in solidarity with all the children," boycott organizer Anayanse Garza told

Arizona's crackdown, which would allow police officers to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally, drew national attention when it was first signed into law in April 2010. Critics said it would lead to unconstitutional racial profiling, while supporters argued the state is helping federal authorities who aren't doing their job in enforcing immigration law at the border.

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What Ever Happened to African-American Baseball Players?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

(Atlanta Post)

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball, African-Americans continued to excel in the field for many years — but are dwindling in numbers today. What was once America’s greatest pastime spawned Hall of Famers like Roy Campanella,  Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, plus many other great African-American legends. But despite this rich history, black youth today are focused more on the glitzy trappings of football and basketball. Their synergies with hip-hop have led young African-Americans away from baseball, known for its more conservative crowd. This decline in interest has contributed to the fact that there are fewer black American baseball players than ever. The Boston Globe reports:

We’re always a bit surprised when a young baseball prospect turns out to be African-American.

“It hurts, it really does, to see the decline of the sport,’’ says San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson, one of the dwindling number of African-American major league players. “To think that our baseball ancestors put up such great numbers and stood for so much and how much they went through in this great game.’’

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Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says #Asian players treated better than #Latinos by MLB

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

(NY Daily News) Ozzie Guillen is at it again.

The Chicago White Sox manager is stirring up controversy with his mouth again, this time for his comments on the way Major League Baseball teams treat Asian players in comparison to Latino players.

“Don’t take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them,” said Guillen, who is of Venezuelan descent. “We bring a Dominican kid…go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it’s always going to be like that.”

Guillen specifically targeted the hiring of translators for Asian players.

“I say, ‘why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one?’ I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don’t?” said Guillen.

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