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National Pastime: More Blacks in MLB

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Move over, NBA and NFL! The percentage of Black players in Major League Baseball increased to 10.2 percent last year, the first recorded rise since the 1995 season, according to the Associated Press. Baseball also received more good news. Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, gave MLB officials an A for race hiring for the first time in his annual report up from an A- last year. Lapchick cited 10 minority managers at the start of this season, matching the previous high in 2002. There were five African-Americans, four Latinos and one Asian-American.—BB

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