Legacies at Stake in MLB
Byline: Thom Loverro, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The baseball playoffs are a reflection of the game today - a strong Latin presence.
Bartolo Colon, Rafael Furcal, Manny Ramirez, Mariano Rivera and Albert Pujols are All-Star players and examples of the growing Latin influence in the major leagues. At the start of the 2005 season, about 26 percent of major league players were of Latin descent.
But while Latin players grow in numbers, the opposite is happening with African-American ballplayers. In 1975, an estimated 27 percent of major league rosters consisted of black players. Today, that number is around 10 percent - and falling.
Those numbers, going in different directions, seem to have sparked tension between Latin and black players - not current players, but …
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Publication information: Article title: Legacies at Stake in MLB. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: October 8, 2005. Page number: C01. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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