Originally posted by NimzovichLarsen Any ideas on why the number of blacks in MLB is going down? So many of the greats were black; Mays, Gibson, Robinson, etc., but today the numbers are on the decrease....Why?
Hmm, this is the first I've heard of this. Do you have a link to a study?
Originally posted by mtthw I gather the number of foreign players in MLB has been increasing in recent years. If these are predominantly non-black, would that be enough to explain the reduction?
I don't think so. The numbers haven't changed in the NBA or the NFL. Besides, when Mays and Gibson played they were good enough even if there had been the same influx of foreign players, they would of remained in MLB. This isn't a case of all the black players are being pushed into the minors by better Latin (for example) players. It's just not that many are playing anymore. THis is true in little league, college, minors, and pro.