ESPN.com was pretty jazzed that one of the few African American players did something highlight worthy yesterday, MLB’s Jackie Robinson day. Sadly the odds were not in their favor going into the day.
It is fantastic that 65 years after Jackie Robinson played his first game Matt Kemp is tearing it up as one of the best players in the game. However after 65 years how satisfied are we with the fact that just 8% of MLB players are of African American descent? 5% of pitchers, 0% of catchers, 11% of infielders, and 29% of outfielders according to 2010 data collected by UCF’s Richard Lapchick.
Clearly the first is worth celebrating, as are all those who have played since. It just seems like we can do better.