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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.
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.
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.
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