With black participation down in MLB, a diversity task force goes to work
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 11, 2013
Major League Baseball has created a task force that will study how to increase diversity in the game, especially among black players. In order to figure out why, commissioner Bud Selig created a 17-person diversity task force, with Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski serving as chairman. MLB says about 8.5 percent of players on this year's opening day rosters identified themselves as African-American or black. Black people, specifically those from the United States, don't play Major League Baseball at the peak numbers they did during the mid-1980s. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes that 8.5 percent of the players on 25-man opening-day rosters were blacks from the U.S., down from a high of 19 percent in 1986, citing statistics published by Mark Armour of the Society of American Baseball Research.