Friday, April 13, 2018
Major League Baseball is not as diverse in employment (or players) as it claims to be
This may seem like an odd posting for an “IT workplace” blog, but big league sports is a workplace (remember the film “Moneyball”) and Major League Baseball has gotten criticism for not attracting more black players and employees, as in this US Today story by Bob Nightengale.
The story of Jackie Robinson was well told in the film “42”. In the early 1950s, in my own boyhood trips to Ohio, I was used to Cleveland Indians players like Larry Doby or Luke Easter, or the White Sox Minnie Minoso.
Baseball may become more attractive to minorities as football comes under a cloud because of concussion injuries. Remember Bo Jackson, who played both pro football and baseball (for the Royals)?
The Nationals released manager Dusty Baker after 2017 when he failed to get past the first round of the playoffs two years in a row, after winning two divisions.