Apologies for skipping threads, but the ‘Reply’ option does not exist for the original thread. Yea, verily, WP sucketh mightily.
Wrt African-Americans dominating[sic] baseball (your words):
Marnie spaketh thusly “I found an interesting article addressing exactly that (no mention of outreach programs) and why, which you either missed or dismissed”
I missed or dismissed this article? It seems that you did, else you might not have made that bald assertion that African-Americans dominate baseball. Or the why they make up only ~8% of the players now? I was simply responding to your assertion. I have no predetermined benchmark of what % blacks should be playing the game.
As to “no mention of outreach programs” in the article that you pasted, the MLB outreach is at the youth level. And of course no mention in the article about a comedian – it runs counter to the narrative.
I like Chris Rock, he is about the only stand-up comedian I will watch. Bur are his droll one-liners and toss-offs the dispositive word on why blacks *do not* dominate baseball, and whose #s are have dropped precipitously over the last 30 years? Not really…
“impugned the game as being “old-fashioned and stuck in the past””
Well, it is the oldest pro sport in the States, and yes, it does have its traditions. One either likes them or not. The statistics, too, baseball is obsessed with statistics.
“its love affair with reenacting games first played in the mid-19th Century”
Cannot say that I have ever seen this, it is certainly not common.
“its insistence on building antique stadiums that hearkened back to the 1930s and 1940s when black Americans confronted white segregationist violence”
This smacks of the current admin’s lead guy in the National Park Service, specifically given the task of increasing minority appreciation and use of the National Parks. Two of his pronouncements thus far have been ‘blacks do not like the Parks because the trees remind them of lynching’, and ‘Hispanics do not like the Parks because the Rangers’ uniforms look like Border Patrol’; (they do not, but hey, he has to come up with something, what?). There is no great move to build ‘antique stadiums’ and the few that have been built to be ‘evocative’ mainly suck.
I love the old ballparks, there are only 2 pre-’62 parks left now – Fenway and Wrigley. I am fortunate to have been to both several times, as well as Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, Comiskey Park, and Candlestick, the oldest of the ‘new’ ballparks built in ’58, before they were razed and replaced. All brilliant examples of baseball’s grand architectural past.
“He also sneered at the MLB’s dullness, its seeming penchant for being anti-fun. Rock taunted MLB’s knack for keeping America’s pastime boring”
The game does not lend itself to spiking the ball, or dunks, true enough. And it is a very deliberate game, certainly slower than Yank football, or basketball. An acquired taste, methinks Chris may not be as big a fan as is suggested.
“Rock, for example, ripped MLB for making even President Barack Obama and rapper 50 Cent appear un-cool, citing their awkward delivery of opening-game pitches.”
‘Making’? As in put pressure on them, and forced them to agree to throw out the first pitch? Really?
Wrt to ‘appear[ing] un-cool’ and ‘awkward delivery’, I cannot speak to 50 Cent, but Obama throws like a girl, there is no getting around that. Not.his.game. He knows that, and could have easily declined if he was concerned about appearing ‘un-cool’ and ‘awkward’. Though he is not particularly athletic, I would wager that the prez was OK with whatever pitching he agreed to do.
“the crowds have been over 90% white”
Any idea what the ‘correct’ ratio is supposed to be? Over the years all pro sports audiences have become increasingly dominated by corporate clients, the average person of any stripe can hardly afford the tickets, parking, etc. That has been noticeable to me over the years, and I attend a good number of baseball games over the season, Boston or Annapolis (Baltimore). I was down in Boston this past weekend to drop my niece off at Logan for her return to Cornwall, and stayed an extra night just to attend a BoSox game at Fenway. (and to make Da jealous).
But the Number 1 reason why the of blacks in the MLB has dropped is…. basketball. Yes, it is that easy.