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Trying to Reverse the Decline of Black Players in Major League Baseball

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 07: Randy Flores #1 of Alabama State University celebrates the winning run during the HBCU Swingman Classic at T-Mobile Park on July 06, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Trying to Reverse the Decline of Black Players in Major League Baseball

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 07: Randy Flores #1 of Alabama State University celebrates the winning run during the HBCU Swingman Classic at T-Mobile Park on July 06, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Trying to Reverse the Decline of Black Players in Major League Baseball

Baseball was once known for breaking racial barriers in the U.S. But now, Black representation in the major leagues is at its lowest level in decades. This year, MLB did something to try and change that, by staging the first annual HBCU Swingman Classic. It's an opportunity for players from historically Black colleges and universities to play in front of scouts and executives on a national stage. NPR's Juana Summers reports from Seattle on MLB's efforts to reverse the decline and recruit Black American players. In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community. Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 07: Randy Flores #1 of Alabama State University celebrates the winning run during the HBCU Swingman Classic at T-Mobile Park on July 06, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

 

Baseball was once known for breaking racial barriers in the U.S. But now, Black representation in the major leagues is at its lowest level in decades.

This year, MLB did something to try and change that, by staging the first annual HBCU Swingman Classic. It's an opportunity for players from historically Black colleges and universities to play in front of scouts and executives on a national stage.

NPR's Juana Summers reports from Seattle on MLB's efforts to reverse the decline and recruit Black American players.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

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