MLB (Major League Baseball—ed.) says about 8.5 percent of players on this year’s opening day rosters identified themselves as African-American or black. That’s around half the number from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s.
So “America’s Pastime” wants a return to past times. Heh heh. That’s called WORDPLAY, beyotches.
It’s a doomed effort, of course. Do they even know what the problem is?
MLB runs the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program…
Well,at least they know where the problem is. But a glance at this RBI–“Reeling Blacks In”—program and you’ll see a lot of pathos. Not to mock worthy effort, of course. You wouldn’t jeer at a bucket brigade trying to douse an inferno, even if it’s hopeless. But that Charlie Brown video is a graphic representation of how well the RBI program will work in the end.
Reviving black baseball requires a reversal of the policies that have been destroying black families for decades. You’ll also want to overthrow hundreds of city governments due to malfeasance and indebtedness, and free up some parks. Do those things today, over the next few generations baseball participation will inch up a bit. Probably. Or, given recreation technology’s continued advance, probably not.
Anyway, why baseball?! That’s not the problem. The MBIH program is the vital one!
More Blacks in Ice Hockey!