Tuesday April 15, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Major League Baseball has received its
first A-minus for racial diversity in hiring, even as the
percentage of black players continues to drop.
The grade comes from Richard Lapchick, who's the director of the
University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics
in Sports. MLB's grade was B-plus in last year's report.
Among players, though, last year just 8.2 percent were black.
That's down from 8.4 percent in 2006 and the lowest level in at
least two decades.
Lapchick says, "It is ironic that as the role of people of
color dramatically increases regarding who runs the game,
African-American players continue to decrease." MLB received a C-plus for gender hiring, up from a C last year. Its overall grade remains at B.
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