ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – An annual report has revealed Major League Baseball’s racial and gender hiring numbers have remained stagnant and its percentage of African-American players only slightly rose.READ MORE: PlanetWatch: Miami Chosen As 1st Major US Location For New Air Quality Monitoring Network
The report was issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. It gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C in gender hiring.READ MORE: Hollywood Family Lights ‘Greater & Bigger’ Display After Thief Steals Their 6-Foot Metal Menorah
The rosters on opening day featured 8.3 percent of players who identified as African-American, a slight increase from 8.2 in 2014, which equaled the study low set in 2007. It hasn’t been 10 percent since 2002.
MLB managers identifying as a racial minority dropped 10 percentage points from 16.7 percent (five total) in 2014 to 6.7 (two total) this year.MORE NEWS: Dale Holness Files Lawsuit Seeking To Overturn Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick's Razor-Thin Win
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