Gary Sheffield was recently lamenting the dearth of inner city kids who are playing baseball. Recognizing the fact that baseball and American football are much more popular to underprivileged kids,
The times, they are a changing. International players now comprise 28% of major league rosters. The percentage of African American players is down from 29% 25 years ago to a current level of 8%.
Baseball is both growing in popularity across the world while dying a slow death in the inner cities of the States. In the 2007 All Star game, of the 66 participants, 20 were born outside of the U.S., including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Canada, and Japan. Latin America has been a feeding ground for MLB for quite awhile, but now we’re seeing an influx from Asia and
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As a kid growing up in
I have to admit that baseball is no longer
What will then happen to our National Pastime?