RaceBall 2012

Jason Daugherty, American Renaissance, May 4, 2012

Lester Strode, Derrek Lee, Cliff Floyd,  Ken Griffey Jr, Jacque Jones,
There can never be too many blacks in baseball.

On Easter Sunday, two weeks into the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the late Jackie Robinson was worshipped, as he is every April 15th. Every player and coach in all 15 games played that day wore Robinson’s number 42 to pay tribute to the man who broke baseball’s “color barrier” in 1947. And, as has been the case in recent years, Jackie Robinson Day provided the perfect opportunity for black baseball players, Robinson’s white former friends, and even baseball’s white commissioner to complain that there are not enough blacks in the sport. In the upcoming months, there will be more of this hand-wringing.

In truth, it’s not really black players who are underrepresented, but rather American-born blacks, as AR has previously noted. Los Angeles Angels right-fielder Torii Hunter clarified this distinction for us when he called non-American black ballplayers “impostors.”

Although blacks are 13 percent of the US population, they account for only 7.7 percent of the players on the 30 current MLB teams, or 66 out of 853 players. That was down from 8.5 percent  last year, and way down from a high of 27 percent in the mid 1970s.

Race

Total Players in MLB

MLB Percentage

All

853

White

525

61.5 percent

African-American

66

7.7 percent

Foreign Black

95

11.1 percent

Hispanic

145

17 percent

Asian

18

2.1 percent

Native American

4

0.5 percent

The current lows are a great worry to “racism”-hunting organizations like the TIDES Foundation and its diversity czar, Richard Lapchick, and to outspoken black ballplayers such as Jimmy Rollins, C.C. Sabathia, and Mr. Hunter. It doesn’t matter to them that including foreign-born blacks brings the total black percentage to 18.8 percent. We must redouble our efforts to get more American blacks on the field.

“We’re trying to get better,” laments baseball commissioner Mr. Selig, as reported by the USA Today, but black former star pitcher Dave Stewart is not satisfied: “It’s not getting better. It’s only getting worse. We’ve been in a downward spiral for a long time.”

Mr. Stewart is also angry because only two of MLB’s 30 managers and two of 30 general managers are American-born blacks. He says team owners “don’t want to hire blacks as decision makers,” and claims that white managers get second and third chances with different teams, while black managers get passed over. “It’s a joke,” he complains.

But why are African-American players underrepresented by more than 40 percent in pro baseball? Los Angeles Angels pitcher LaTroy Hawkins says scouts are afraid to venture into dangerous inner-city areas where blacks play. Mr. Hawkins may have touched on a minor factor, but there are other explanations.

One is culture. After all, there are plenty of blacks in baseball, just not as many American blacks as there used to be. There are more blacks—75 of the 95 foreign-born blacks in baseball—from the Dominican Republic than there are American blacks.

Hanley Ramirez, one of the better-known Dominican blacks in the MLB.

What makes the D.R. different? There, baseball is a way of life, more specifically, a way out of poverty. It is a way to make it big on the shores of the world power just 800 miles to the north. Also, baseball is by far the most popular sport in the Dominican Republic. There are only three Dominicans playing professional basketball in America, and only one in professional football.

Culture and childhood experience probably explain why ice hockey, for example, has hardly any blacks. While it certainly helps to have some brains in hockey, the sport is more like basketball and football, in that physical skill and conditioning are more important. But hockey is a northern sport. Seven of the National Hockey League’s 30 teams are based in Canada, while professional baseball and basketball each have only one Canadian team. There are no NFL teams in Canada. Hockey is the major sport in Canada, and not many blacks live there. On the other hand, in the American South, where there are many blacks, hardly anyone pays attention to hockey. At the same time, hockey does not require jumping ability, which blacks use to great advantage in football and basketball.

Another explanation for why there are fewer American blacks playing baseball than before could be the number of fatherless homes. Many, if not most, successful baseball players learned the game from their fathers in the backyard, with two mitts, a ball, and a bat. More than 70 percent of black boys are born to single mothers, and with no father to teach them baseball, are likely to pick up a basketball and head down to the local park.

Probably not common with black fathers and sons.

Another explanation may be the increase in the number of blacks in basketball and football, which are both more than two-thirds black. In any population, there are only so many people with the potential to be top athletes, and if more blacks gravitate to other sports there will be fewer left for baseball.

Racial differences may have something to do with the shift, too. Basketball and football require raw athletic prowess—something blacks clearly have. Most positions in these two sports do not require a great deal of intelligence, which makes them natural homes for physically gifted blacks. Some would argue that baseball is more of a thinking man’s game. Strategy and good decision-making skills are essential to success, though this is truer for some positions than others.

Within a given sport, intelligence appears to explain part of the racial distribution of the different positions. Much has been made of the fact that most NFL quarterbacks are white. Fans and commentators agree that quarterback is the most important position of the football field, and with good reason: It requires the most brains (see Quarterbacks, Intelligence, and Race, July 2011 American Renaissance). Quarterbacks must know the playbook inside out, and make important decisions after the ball is snapped. Running back and wide receiver—generally dominated by blacks—are positions with mostly physical demands: running, jumping, and catching and holding the ball.

In baseball, the most mentally demanding positions are catcher and pitcher. The catcher directs fielders to the proper locations before each at bat. He also decides which pitches the pitcher should throw. In order to do this, he needs to know the habits and weaknesses of each opposing batter who comes to the plate. As of this writing, there are 67 catchers in the Major Leagues, and not one is African-American, though four are foreign-born blacks. Despite making up 18.8 percent of MLB rosters, only 6 percent of catchers are blacks of any nationality.

Race

Catchers in MLB

Percentage of Catchers

MLB Percentage

All

67

White

40

59.7 percent

61.5 percent

African-American

0

-

7.7 percent

Foreign Black

4

6 percent

11.1 percent

Hispanic

22

32.8 percent

17 percent

Asian

1

1.5 percent

2.1 percent

Native American

0

-

0.5 percent

The pitcher also has to be smart. Like the catcher, he must know which pitches each hitter prefers, and which he doesn’t, but the pitcher must also know which part of the strike zone to aim for. Moreover, the relationship of a pitcher with his catcher is clearly the most important tandem on the field. At the start of the current season, there were 431 pitchers playing professional baseball (more than half of all pro baseball players are pitchers) and only 11 (2.6 percent) were African-American. Another 12.1 percent of MLB pitchers are foreign-born blacks, so while blacks in total make up 18.8 percent of the players, only 14.7 percent of pitchers are black. Whites, who are 61.5 percent of the players, account for 68 percent of the pitchers.

Race

Pitchers in MLB

Percentage of Pitchers

MLB Percentage

All

431

White

293

68 percent

61.5 percent

African-American

11

2.6 percent

7.7 percent

Foreign Black

52

12.1 percent

11.1 percent

Hispanic

62

14.4 percent

17 percent

Asian

11

2.6 percent

2.1 percent

Native American

2

0.5 percent

0.5 percent

The outfield is where speed is most important in baseball. Outfielders must cover far more ground than infielders, pitchers, or catchers. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that blacks (and especially African-Americans) are overrepresented in the three outfield positions. While 18.8 percent of baseball is black, fully 32 percent of outfielders are black. The overrepresentation is even more pronounced among African-Americans, who account for 7.7 percent of the players, but 25.5 percent of all outfielders.

Race

Outfielders in MLB

Percentage of Outfielders

MLB Percentage

All
White

78

51 percent

61.5 percent

African-American

39

25.5 percent

7.7 percent

Foreign Black

10

6.5 percent

11.1 percent

Hispanic

21

13.7 percent

17 percent

Asian

4

2.6 percent

2.1 percent

Native American

1

0.7 percent

0.5 percent

Organizations like TIDES and people like Richard Lapchick exist solely to lambaste professional sports for being too white. In 2011, TIDES gave the NBA an A+ for racial diversity, despite the fact that the league was 78 percent black. In other words, TIDES does not really care how diverse teams are, only how colored they are. The fewer whites the better.

But even with TIDES trying to sniff out “racism,” major disparities will remain. General managers and owners are interested in winning games, not satisfying the wishes of diversity preachers like Mr. Lapchick. No matter how many report cards TIDES issues, it cannot change mental, physical, and cultural differences, and these will always affect which athletes excel in and at what sports and at what positions.

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Jason Daugherty
Mr. Daugherty studied history at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Baltimore County, Maryland, and enjoys golf and hiking.
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  • Jeff

    Football, Basketball, and Baseball have been sports for whites to avoid for well over 30 years.

    White people should jog, hunt, fish, box, shot a bow, target shoot, hike, scout, ski, bicycle, play music, learn chess, and swim.

    Many of those sports and hobbies will develop and re-hone CRITICAL, lost white man survival skills that will be desperately required for the coming time of great trouble that will soon be upon us.

    • Oregon Local

      “White people should jog, hunt, fish, box, shot a bow, target shoot, hike, scout, ski, bicycle, play music, learn chess, and swim.”

      I’d rather go surfing myself.

      • NM156

        Me too, but unfortunately, surf is up on Lake Michigan only in the winter, and Chicago cops arrest surfers for violating a city ordinance prohibiting activities in the water during the winter. xD Those surfers must use a 1-in. thick suit. Dodging icebergs doesn’t sound like much fun either.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    The current lows are a great worry to “racism”-hunting organizations like the TIDES Foundation and its diversity czar, Richard Lapchick

    AKA, the dork in Orlando with a fax machine.  We hear from that one every December and March, when the teams that will compete in the college football BCS bowl games and the basketball tournament, respectively.  Dorky Dorkenstein analyzes them for their graduation rates, then duly reports on/whines about the race disparities.  Note that this TIDES is not George Soros’s TIDES.

    What makes the D.R. different? There, baseball is a way of life, more
    specifically, a way out of poverty. It is a way to make it big on the
    shores of the world power just 800 miles to the north. Also, baseball is
    by far the most popular sport in the Dominican Republic. There are only
    three Dominicans playing professional basketball in America, and only one in professional football.

    That and MLB rules and American legal immigration rules means that a 16-year old from the DR can be signed into the minor leagues, (with fake DR birth certificates being rampant, a “16 year old” Dominican is more like 15 or 14, just like a “32 year old Dominican” named Albert Pujols is more like 36), while an American has to wait until he graduates from high school or equivalent.  This is why Bryce Harper skipped his final two years of regular high school to enter the GED program at a junior college in Las Vegas, so he wouldn’t have to wait around to get drafted.

    But why are African-American players underrepresented by more than 40 percent in pro baseball? Los Angeles Angels pitcher LaTroy Hawkins says
    scouts are afraid to venture into dangerous inner-city areas where
    blacks play. Mr. Hawkins may have touched on a minor factor, but there
    are other explanations.

    A few years ago, Angels player Torii Hunter said that his teammate Vladimir Guerrero wasn’t  a true black.  Except they both look very much alike, the average person couldn’t tell one from the other.

    Some would argue that baseball is more of a thinking man’s game.
    Strategy and good decision-making skills are essential to success,
    though this is truer for some positions than others.

    Baseball tends to reward self-sacrifice and impulse control a little more.

    On Easter Sunday, two weeks into the 2012 Major League Baseball season,
    the late Jackie Robinson was worshipped, as he is every April 15th.
    Every player and coach in all 15 games played that day wore Robinson’s
    number 42 to pay tribute to the man who broke baseball’s “color barrier”
    in 1947.

    On the 60th anniversary of the sacred event which was in 2007, Yahoo republished the mainstream media accounts of the Dodgers game that day, from the New York papers and the national wire services.  It’s now considered a day almost akin to a holy nativity.  But the media that night and the next morning sure didn’t notice it.  Almost all of the media copy mentioned Robinson as the first black in a regular season major league game as an afterthought, deep down into the paragraph count, focused more on what he did and how he played than what he looked like.  The New York Post referred to him (28 years old on that day) as a “colored boy.”

    • Strider73

       A few years ago here on AR someone commenting on this same topic said Bud Selig’s infatuation with Jackie Robinson “borders on necrophilia.” IMHO an accurate observation, however macabre.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

        That was ME, paisan, under my former “nom de Internet” of “Soprano Fan”. Since AR did their web redesign, I found myself having to pick another name, and so I chose this one.

        Words can indeed make powerful weapons, and I stand by my statement that day; that Bud Selig’s worship of Robinson borders on necrophilia. That’s one thing – but to permanently retire the 42 uniform number on the one hand, and then to make EVERY player wear that number on the same day is ridiculous.

        Selig fails to understand that not everybody loves Jackie Robinson as much as he does. He doesn’t take into account that some players, especially the younger ones, might resent having to wear a different number.

        • Morris LeChat

          yeah, people should keep their personal fetishes to themselves.

      • Brad Trun

        I liken Selig’s obsession with Jackie Robinson to a deification:

        Baseball’s Black Deity
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-HyhqN-0Qk

  • MikeofAges

    Baseball can’t be outsourced. But player development can be, and has. Why wouldn’t African Americans be impacted by this more than anyone else? Other factors also operate, of course, including just plain decline in interest, but why can’t the outsourcing of talent development to Latin America and even Asia be  identified as a factor.

    Another factor is that the aspiring MLB player has to be willing to play in minor leagues for years, usually, in return for a very small chance of making the bigs. What is the attraction of minor league life compared to up five years on campus with all the glory and “bennies” of  being varsity athlete? Doesn’t compare. Not to mention, I don’t think organized baseball wants players with criminal propensities in the minor leagues system. Colleges seem not to care. Now that I think about it, college campuses are pretty criminal places as is it. Activities that are considered crimes elsewhere are treated with the student body as rules violation. True for all students, not just athletes.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    As a huge baseball fan, I have stayed away from the game for a good 15 years just because of the few Americans and particularly Whites, in the game. I’ve noticed from local sports segments on local news over the last couple years how much whiter the game has become. There is joy in mudville! My team is now very overwhelmingly White.  I’m a fan again.

  • JackKrak

    The fact that people like Selig & others have to go through the public routine of “lamenting” the low number of blacks in baseball is yet more proof of the upside-down world we live in when it comes to race. The world of professional sports is among the most pure free markets that exist on the planet & 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who deserves to be there will get there. Mr. Lapchick & others like him would have you believe that there are excellent black players available out there somewhere but team owners instead prefer to indulge their racist urges by signing less competent whites to their team.

    Mr. Lapchick, care to give us the names of these black players who have been so cruelly excluded from baseball by the “good ol’ boys” who run the league?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ3PDTMXOPAUKGQ62S7MU2BNIA Cecil

    but blacks are over-represented. 

    And American blacks are not really all that underrepresented in any event.

    Call this what it is —racial activism and ask how this is of  benefit to white racial interests.

    The silent confusion will be striking.

    • Heinrich24

      Since Blacks overall are about 12.5% of the US population, and Baseball is played strictly by males – Black males are perhaps 6% or so of the population, so I see no shortage of even American “Blacks whatever – even usuing their silly arbitrary quota system!

    • http://premiseblog.wordpress.com/ Dewey

      The silent majority it silently confused.   That is certain.

      They are joining the ranks of those who can see though, and leaving the “Not See” party.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    Some of the Hispanics in baseball are clearly white. So whites seem to comprise almost 2/3 of the players in baseball.

  • sbuffalonative

    This is your classic ‘be careful what you wish for’.

    American born Blacks wield the word ‘diversity’ like a mace with little understanding of the broader implications.

    ‘Diversity’ originally implied ‘black decedents of black slaves’. Affirmative Action also held the same implied meaning.

    Blacks, however, kept letting other groups into their diversity pool. They did so because they simply wanted to take down the white man. The result is now Affirmative Action programs that were originally meant for decedents of slaves now includes every and any non-white group.

    American blacks have shot themselves in the foot, kneecap, hand, and arm.

    Blacks pushing ‘diversity’ for everyone instead of for their own alleged past injustices has ensured that blacks will always be on the bottom rung proving once again that blacks aren’t very smart. 

    • MikeofAges

      In  the long run the black population on the North American  mainland may substantially disappear outside of the Southeast quadrant. Those who go back to the South will never be replaced. Say the same for whitey in California. That’s just how demographics work.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FWMCMK6U5OWRHYIYJAF2TPFL2U thomas

    How come the diversity zealots do not show the same concern for the lack of Whites playing in the NBA?

  • Oil Can Harry

    Though I’m a Yankees fan I was born and raised in Queens, N.Y., home of the Mets and their new stadium, CitiField.

    I can tell you a number of Mets fans were disgusted when CitiField opened and featured a massive Jackie Robinson shrine in its lobby. This was absurd pandering considering that Robinson had no link to the team, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers and retiring before the Mets were even created.

      

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TZYCWFQ742IHZ3WHI5ZUMQSAIQ Lou

       I’m a huge Mets fan,well I was ,even have a Mets tattoo ( I eventually covered it up ) I was a fan until there came a time when there were more Dominican / black players compared to white players.. I know exactly what Omar Minaya was up to.. unfortunately they are still playing it ,his way… I refuse to watch anymore.. lol, My father in law can’t understand this, so you must know what I go through at thanksgiving.. lol  Those kind of people ??   Yes, those kind of people…

      • Gen__Lee

        Just to update you, Lou, more than 60% of the Mets current roster is white.

      • redfeathers

        The team is getting more white Lou, check out a game.  I’m with you on Minaya, I also think he was deliberating loading up on them.  Thankfully, he’s gone. 

    • redfeathers

      I’m a Mets fan and I agree with those fans!

  • MikeofAges

    ” Caste” athletics isn’t the only reason why particular groups dominate particular sports. But it can explain why some people are absent entirely. The simple explanation is that coaches, general managers and athletic directors want to be scrutinized as little as possible for their failures. “Caste”, therefore, becomes a kind of protective coloration, in this case literally. Depending on the sport, get all black kids or all white kids, and if you end up with a losing team, there is less commotion.

    On a pro level, particularly in the NFL, the league can only work with the talent the colleges create. In the NBA, I’m not so sure about what’s going on. No star or superstar level talent is going to be ignored. As to rest of the roster, I’m not so sure. To me, the NBA is a shady venture. It is an easy game to fix in that the referees often can control the outcome of a game and a series. And seem very often to do so.

    Sport is a huge spectacle, with fans whose rationality is poisoned by blind loyalty, gambling and intoxication. On a college level, big dollars are stake. At private colleges, major sports bring back the alums, who are then plied for donations with booze, pageantry and sexy coeds. At public colleges, successful athletic programs shake money loose from the state legislature. All colleges benefit, which is why lesser institutions within a given state are so willing to support a flagship program. Think Ohio State, for example. Or Texas. Or Alabama. Not just big business. A bigger business than most people can imagine.

    • ogese

      Mike – I couldn’t agree with you more – cultural and institutional expectations decide who in our society will be the dominate players of each sport.  I grew up playing sports I was “expected” to excel at: track short distance, DE in football and was pretty mediocre.  I started traditionally white sports: rowing, swimming and skiing/snowboarding a lot later in life (late teens/20′s) and really excel at them.  If it were culturally acceptable for me to grow up in these sports I would have probably been a contender for at least regional glory.

      The flipside: I am a mediocre at basketball and get blown off the court by my people in Eastern Europe all the time.  It is more culturally acceptable for them to play that sport there.  Therefore they excel at it unlike their typical 100% Slavic-descended white American counterpart.

  • Oil Can Harry

    I will admit whites are best at baseball.

    Consider that 61% of the players are white. That’s impressive when you consider whites in the US and Canada have to compete with Caribbeans, Latin Americans, Japanese, Taiwanese, etc. to break into the Majors.

    In other words our people make up less than half of the talent pool but 61% of the players who make the final cut.   

  • holyflower

    The biggest disadvantage white boys face in in sports is having to compete with African-Americans who mature earlier:

    Excerpts from: “Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys [excerpts bearing on differences in ages of sexual maturity of African-American and White males]
    Estimates From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III, 1988-1994 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
    Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, MPH, DrPH; Lily Wang, MS; Gary Koch, PhD
    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155:1022-1028:

    http://tinyurl.com/3pg6yq5

    “Several studies of boys in the 1970s and 1980s . . . found that African American boys were taller and heavier and matured earlier than white boys of the same age . . .”

    * * *

    “Recently published data from the Bogalusa Heart Study on secular trends in the heights of children found height increases among 9- to 12-year-old African American boys from 1973 to 1992 to be almost twice as large as those among white boys.”

    * * *

    “These NHANES [Estimates From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey] III data indicate significant differences among white, African American, and Mexican American boys in the age of onset of pubertal characteristics; African American boys showed pubic hair growth approximately 9 months earlier than white boys…”

    * * *

    “…there was a difference of 1 year between white or Mexican American boys and African American boys in the age at completion of genital development, with the latter being younger.”

    COMMENT: It is cruel to send white boys an black boys to school to the same schools.  Athletically, white boys  need more time to develop.  Likewise, black boys are academically not ready to compete with white boys of the same age.  

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

       Middle school and early high school is the keystone to the cult of black athletic supremacy in football and basketball.  The pros have them because the colleges do, and the colleges have them because the high schools do, and the high schools have them because they rely on shady operations like Rivals and Scout that rank 13-year olds.  Thirteen year old white vs thirteen year old black?  Gee, who is going to be bigger, stronger and faster at that age?

      Steve the Sailer Man observed that almost all of the few white Americans in the NBA went to high schools that are almost all white.  If the high school is all white, then the basketball team has no choice but to be all white, therefore giving less developed whites a chance to develop.  If the school has any significant percentage of blacks, the basketball (and football) team will be disproportionately black because of the black supremacy cultists that serve as coaches.

      • holyflower

        I read Steve Sailer’s article(s) — there may have been more than one — on the success of white athletes who had not had to compete with blacks in their formative years.  Here’s one:

        June 12, 2011Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki And U.S. Basketball’s De Facto Discrimination Against WhitesBy Steve Sailerhttp://tinyurl.com/6vg92gm

        Whatever the reasons behind the phenomenon (white athletes doing much better in the long run if they have little contact with blacks early on) — relative physical immaturity to same-age black peers OR “the cult of black athletic supremacy in football and basketyball” OR both, there is no denying that reality:

        The athletic success of young white males is inversely proportional to their contact with young black males.

        • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

          Whites who are unlucky enough to have played around blacks also try to emulate the goon and thug ball playing style, because it works for the blacks.  Except the refs will blow the foul whistle or throw the penalty flag, because they’re white.

        • ogese

          I think this experiment was loaded and not a true reflection of reality.  “White” and “black” are two very inclusive sets of terms that cover real races like Slav, Bantu, Celt, Khoisan, Teuton, Afro-Semite, Mediterranean etc.  Some white people are massive as teenagers (most O-line players are white and they are very big – and have been big since highschool).  These tend to have Polish, Dutch and German names – traditionally big people. Smaller black athletes like Spud Webb and Harden in the NBA were probably smaller as teens than white players like Gasol and Nowaski who are pretty big fellows. Of course this doesn’t mean that these individuals aren’t outlying on the bell curve somehow, but observation tells me that you can’t say that most black teenagers are consistently bigger than their white counterparts.

      • http://premiseblog.wordpress.com/ Dewey

        Question Diversity,

        I wanted to add to this the idea that Asians also mature sooner intellectually than whites.

        I have gone to school with Asians for many years, and have noticed that they seem to hit their peak of ability in schoolwork sooner, and then tail off.

        I think someone linked to a story a while back, about how Asians do less well in college than whites over time. 

        Luckily, it is a GOOD thing that the brightest whites aren’t going to Harvard, Yale, etc.  These placed distort truth worse than anywhere, enabling Whites to escape these places, and actually research truth.
           

        • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

           I think that’s because (at least in the real majors and disciplines) college is much more about original thinking than high school.  The stereotype about Asians is that they’re great at rote, and can improve on existing designs and eke out the most efficient economies of scale on them, but they have a hard time making quantum leaps of invention.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

        Because of its location in D.C., and the Georgetown basketball team being 100% Bantu, I always thought – for a long time – that Georgetown was a HBCU.

      • MikeofAges

        Middle school is the key in general to turning American society into an artificial hell. It brings destructive dog-eat-dog competition into the lives of children when most are at too early an age for any kind of severe competition. Some would add other elements to the list — precocious sexuality, excessive ethnic and racial consciousness at to early an age, socio-political indoctrination.

        Myself, I am a strong advocate of K through Eight elementary education. It gives the kids some seasoning and grounding (whatever that is) and brings them beyond the age of puberty before they get involved in the more competitive world of secondary school.

        My opinion is, public secondary school itself is too competitive. Compare that to private prep schools, where the kids figure out early on whether they are top, middle or low students and whether they are top, middle or low athletes, and proceed accordingly without so much stress or confusion. School choice, man. Maybe you can’t make every choice available to everyone. But you can make enough choice available that everyone has school option they can at least survive.

        • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

           I keep hearing that we don’t permit torture in America.  But everywhere I look…bam, another junior high school.

          Only reason I disagree with K-8 in one building is the age discrepancy.  If you have an 8th grader who was held back or redshirted a year, then an 8th grader can be old as 15, and KGers as young as 5, so you have 15 and 5 in the same school building.

          Redshirting:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57390128/redshirting-holding-kids-back-from-kindergarten/ 

          • MikeofAges

             Overage students shouldn’t be in elementary schools. If someone is old enough for secondary school they should be in secondary school on some basis. Holding students back is a failed idea. I was there when it was more prevalent than it is now. Absolutely a disaster.

            Even earlier than my era, students whose families moved from one school district to another were placed a year lower than  they had been in their previous school. This sometimes happened several times to the same individual. In the 1980s, met a retiree in his 70s who had completed only sixth grade because of this practice.

    • Strider73

       The biggest disadvantage white boys face in in sports is having to compete with African-Americans who mature earlier:

      That, of course, means “mature physically.” With very few exceptions, they never mature mentally or emotionally.

  • MikeofAges

    Mostly speculation, except for the part about California, which is already in progress. One thing about this idea though. Sure is easier to defend the idea of the Northern tier as Euro-America homeland than to defend taking an holding all of it. Maybe the Manifest Destiny concept has run its course. The Southeast has always been the African American homeland and the Southwest quadrant had a Spanish civilization before it had an Anglo one, especially in California.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TZYCWFQ742IHZ3WHI5ZUMQSAIQ Lou

     Yeah but, I like the beach…lol

  • Strider73

    Another explanation for why there are fewer American blacks playing
    baseball than before could be the number of fatherless homes. . . More than 70
    percent of black boys are born to single mothers, and with no father to
    teach them baseball, are likely to pick up a basketball and head down
    to the local park.

    IMHO that paragraph should have been at the very top of the “explanations” list. For confirmation, watch the Little League World Series this summer. At last year’s tournament there were almost no blacks on any of the eight US teams in Williamsport, and very few in the regional tournaments. Ditto the “Saudi Arabian” side, which except for one or two token Saudis is composed solely of Americans whose fathers are Saudi Aramco employees. I’ve been watching the LLWS ever since ESPN/ABC started televising it ~12 years ago, and the number of black players has shrunk significantly (with the obvious exception of the Caribbean team).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHD2U3NARCKEWPCYQXUHYIFUJU j j

    There’s so few blacks in baseball, only because there’s nothing to slam dunk…

  • Denise

    ”Some would argue that baseball is more of a thinking man’s game. Strategy and good decision-making skills are essential to success, though this is truer for some positions than others.”

    Baseball is also a slower paced game, requiring much more patience than basketball. It can be an hour into the game before a ball gets near outfield.  Athletes who like constant motion would go nuts if they had to hover near a base.

    “Culture and childhood experience probably explain why ice hockey, for example, has hardly any blacks”.

    I do think cultural influences have a lot to do with what sports we pick up. In my family we had ice skates by the time we could walk. I live in a cold climate, where skating and hockey are big time sports. Even though I grew up in a mixed neighborhood, roughly 50/50 black and white, there were never any black kids at the ice rink. Needless to say, but it was the only place black kids did not harass white kids. Have you ever tried to run on ice with boots? Not happening. There seems to be another factor though, and that is the tolerance for cold. Maybe I’m going off on a tangent, but it is somewhat related. Whites seem to tolerate the cold much better than blacks. My white friends, siblings and I would skate for hours, almost freeze to death, and go home thinking we just had the best time of our lives. Most blacks I’ve met hate the cold, and I’m not talking about a small sampling, as I lived, worked, and churched with them for almost 30 years, and in all that time I’ve never met a black person who likes the cold. Never.

    Then there is swimming. I was on the swim team in high school, and just like the ice rink, it was all white (with the exception of one mixed girl), even though the school was 50% black. I can understand why blacks don’t skate, but I can’t understand why they steer clear of the swimming pool. Kids in general love playing in the water, and there are plenty of lakes and rivers everywhere, yet it seems there are a disproportionate number of blacks that are afraid of the water.

     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WP6FBJWJYEU7S6TMNJS5D2BB5M Luis

    Since Jackie Robinson croaked on October 24, 1972, that means the 40th anniversary of his demise will be during the playoff/World Series. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bud Selig ordered all the playoff teams to burn 42 candles in his “honor”, and observe one minute and 42 SECONDS (my emphasis) of silence before each game.

    When Dale Earnhardt was killed at Daytona in 2001, the fans at the next race, stood up on Lap number 3 and held three fingers aloft as a “silent tribute” (Earnhardt drove Car No. 3, of course). Eventually, even the TV broadcasters observed a moment of silece on Lap 3 of every race that season. Nobody ordered them to do this – it was just something the NASCAR fans did spontaneously.

    Compare that to Selig the commissioner, who has built a “cult of personality” around Jackie Robinson. He’s no better than North Korea building a cult of personality around the Kim clan.

    Beware the Semite who makes Gentiles worship false gods.

  • MikeofAges

     How did the Rust Bowl become the Rust Bowl? Unfair trade policies. Disproportionate environmental regulations, saliently CAFE standards. Generally, economic disabilities imposed on the Great Lakes region by culturally hostile coastal liberals. Blue collar whites were devastated and have yet to recover. Black were devastated even more than whites.

    “A bold peasantry, a nation’s pride, once destroyed can never be supplied.” Oliver Goldsmith, c. 1770.

    In our age, you can say the same thing about our industrial workforce, once the nation’s pride.

  • rentslave

    The Mets had eight white players on the field today.Were Bay to replace Torres,it would be pre-Jackie Robinson days in a stadium that has a rotunda in his honor.

  • MikeofAges

     Give people choice and it won’t happen. At least, you will not end up with kids who are  distressingly out of place in whatever school they are attending. Let people exercise self selection and they will make better choices than a bunch of agenda-driven bureaucrats.

  • Seek

    Someone should tell racial bean counters like Richard Lapchick that American blacks are “underrepresented” in baseball because they prefer playing football and basketball.  Nobody is “excluding” blacks from baseball.  Indeed, given the dictatorial egalitarian regime of Commissioner Bud Selig, no team management anywhere in MLB would want to anyway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W25W7Z72IPG34VCBTTORC7GE3U Steven

    So they are saying the only position that blacks do better in needs short distance running, not smarts or upper body strength. This sounds just like how the olympics work out strength/swimming vs short distance runs

  • mikejones91

    Equality will be reached when 13% of the population accounts for 50% of EVERYTHING. Workforce/Entertainment/Sports/EVERYTHING!!!! 

  • mikejones91

    Hahahaha…Your very right. The average white person is pretty dumb/oblivious/ignorant. But—-But!!! We have the advantage here as well. The average human is an idiot, and whites are NO exception. Are advantage is our BEST are just that, the VERY BEST. Another advantage is that while the average white is most likely an idiot, the majority of blacks are idiots too. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYKCW323HPUTQOUGE5WZPNXJOU John

    Looks like Torii Hunter should have been taking care of business at home a little bit better:  Hunter’s son was just arrested on charges of sexual assault.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/torii-hunter-football-star-son-arrest-leads-mlb-114513849.html 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYKCW323HPUTQOUGE5WZPNXJOU John

    They know it messes with that precious jewel, the prostate, too much.

  • RGR1959

    Has anyone noticed that the St.Louis Cardinals have not had one black player on their opening day roster the past three years? One reason they are my favorite team.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYKCW323HPUTQOUGE5WZPNXJOU John

      John Jay is at least half. He hides the semi-fro well under his ball cap. Plus his name isnt Darnell Jones.