Michael's Sports Blog

Decline in African American Baseball Players

I went to the Padres-Dodgers game today with a couple friends, and we noticed a lack of diversity among the players on both teams.  We began talking about what we thought was the reasoning behind the decline of African American players in the league.  I was fascinated by our talk, so I decided to look up information on this when I got back to see if there was any explanation for this fact.

According to a CNN article: “The percentage of black major league players is now 8.4 percent, not counting those who are foreign born.  That’s a touch less than half the level it was at only 10 years ago.  Some teams, such as the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, have no black players on their rosters.”  The article talked about the reasons behind this, and were similar to my two reasons.  I believe basketball and football are becoming more popular among people- especially the inner city youth- beginning to play sports.

Basketball and football require one ball, and don’t require many players to try and get a game going.  To play baseball, people need to have a bat, a baseball, and at least nine players to play the field.  That makes baseball expensive economically, and also harder to gather a team to play a game.

Another reason I believe there is a decline in African American major league players is because many people find baseball boring.  Basketball and football have a lot of action, with dunks, blocks, touchdowns, field goals, and hard hits.  Baseball is a slow paced sport, and there is not much scoring to make it exciting.  A few hits and a few runs may happen in a game, but it is nothing like watching a high scoring basketball or football game.

I think that we will continue to see the number of African American baseball players drop in the future until something changes about the game of baseball.

May 1, 2011 Posted by | MLB, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

Although MLB Season Started Today, I am Still not a Fan

Today was baseball’s opening day.  Although I’m not a fan of baseball, I still made sure to watch my hometown San Diego Padres play the St. Louis Cardinals.  This game just so happened to be on ESPN, which was lucky because otherwise it wouldn’t have been on T.V.  I don’t know how many more games I will actually watch this year, but I thought opening day was a good game to watch to see how the team may do this year.

There are many reasons why I don’t think baseball is fascinating.  The first reason is that there are 162 games in a season, making each game (especially the early games) not very important.  Why would I want to watch a game that basically will have no impact until the the end of the season?  For example, today’s opening day was only one game; there are 161 games left in the season.  The second reason is that not much scoring occurs.  Sometimes, there are even games with very few hits.  The lack of excitement due to scoring can cause the game to get very boring to watch.  One final reason is that my hometown team, the San Diego Padres, have not been very good in a long time.  The Padres, as well as other teams in the league, spend little money on their players because they don’t have a lot of money to spend.  It’s not very fun to watch a team that never makes the playoffs.

I would much rather watch the NBA, the NFL, NCAA football, and NCAA basketball than MLB.

March 31, 2011 Posted by | MLB, Sports | , , , | Leave a comment