Tag: Mlb

Major League Baseball Donated to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith After Video of 'Public Hanging' Remark Surfaced

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s “joke” about attending “a public hanging” — a method of domestic terrorism that killed hundreds of Black people in Mississippi — resulted in major companies withdrawing their support, except for Major League Baseball (MLB). Hyde-Smith recently received the legal maximum donation of $5,000 from the MLB….

Papa John's Driven Out of Professional Sports after Founder's Racist Conference Call Comments

To date, 20 athletic organizations — from collegiate sports to professional sport leagues (MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL) — have cut ties with Papa John’s after founder and former CEO John Schnatter’s N-word comments on a conference call. The severing included renaming stadiums and discontinuing or suspending promotions and partnerships. Oregon…

Sammy Sosa's Changing Looks are Skin Deep

It’s been 10 years since Sammy Sosa suited up for a big league game, and 13 years since he played with the Chicago Cubs on Wringley Field, yet the former slugger has still found himself landing in the press and these days it has less to do with the athletic…

New MLB Hire Shows Just How Much of a Joke Diversity Is to Baseball

By Michael Nam On Sunday, May 17th the Miami Marlins baseball franchise made a curious choice to replace their manager, Mike Redmond. Rather than working with the current “Selig Rule” to review multiple diverse candidates for the role, the Marlins went with their general manager, Dan Jennings, another white guy,…

Major League White: How Pro Sports Aren't What They Seem

By Chris Hoenig MLB Commissioner Bud Selig Diversity in professional sports is evident on the fields, courts and rinks across the country. Just don’t look for it in owner’s boxes. The media firestorm and outpouring of disgust that followed the broadcasting of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s long-held racist…

Why Are There So Few Blacks in Major League Baseball

By Julissa Catalan Only 8.3 percent of Major League Baseball players on Opening Day rosters identified themselves as Black, according to a newly released report by the MLB association, marking a steep decline in the number of Black baseball players since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier 67 years ago….

SLIDESHOW: Sports Cards of Trouble

While professional sports leagues and their star athletes have records that are envied by many, their scorecards when it comes to dealing with diversity and inclusion leave a lot to be desired. DiversityInc takes a closer look at some of the problem policies, athletes and issues with diversity in pro…