Yesterday (4/15/16) I couldn’t help noticing in USA TODAY an article titled “Lack of black pitchers confounds baseball” by Bob Nightengale, one of our many ego-testacle sports writers. On the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s braking into major league baseball Mr. Nightengale only briefly mentioned Robinson and decided to stir up trouble with an article about the lack of black pitchers in base-ball. Most of the other writers and news stations chose to honor Jackie’s accomplishments, abilities and the adversities he faced playing in the big leagues. Jackie was one of the best all round baseball players that ever played the game. Why did Bob N. decide to write about this subject? I don’t know. Perhaps he thought all the good things had been said about Jackie and he had to get his two cents worth in or lose his job. Whatever the reason, he picked the wrong subject to write about.
Bob N. says pro baseball needs more “diversity” (there’s that nasty word again) in black pitchers. He says only a few teams have them. He says teams draft black pitchers, but more often than not they turn them into outfielders. Well so what…..Other pro sports draft black players and change the positions they play. I’m sure the black players or any player is happy they are drafted at all and look forward to playing their sport with a team for good money. Some players are drafted and never get to play outside of the minor leagues. Pro baseball has players from Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, etc., etc…….If that’s not “diversity” what is it ?? All of these countries don’t have people who I would call blacks, but they do have much browner skin and some of them are descendents of African tribes. Haiti has people who are blacker than almost all “African Americans” and the descendents of slaves in America today have as much white blood in them or more than African blood. If you still have Fridays USA TODAY, read the article. Bob has all the names and numbers listed.
To compare sports, the NBA teams have considerably more blacks playing on teams than whites and the NFL has more blacks playing on football teams. This tells me that “reverse diversity” is rampant in these two sports. Then again, why didn’t Bob N. choose to write about how many black hocky players there are or how many black swimmers and divers there are. Then there is soccer. I have no idea what the percentage of players are white to black. The bottom line is, if a man or woman does not have the athletic ability to play the position he/she wants to play in the sport he/she wants to play then he/she will not be drafted or signed to play any pro sport. So let’s knock off this racial nonsense and PLAY BALL.