That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Minorities in Baseball: Players, Management and Owners

13 October 2016: Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks through the photo well prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals, 4-3 to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

OAKLAND–With the World Baseball Classic beginning this March, baseball has become much more international than ever before. Below are some fact/numbers of minorities in the major leagues as of today. As of 2016, the United States of American has a population of 323 million people, of which 18 percent are Latino or Hispanic-Americans, and 13 percent African-American and 5.6 percent Asian-American.

There are only 8 percent of African-American players in major league baseball and at this time only two managers, Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals. Dave Roberts(Manager of the Year in the National League 2016)Los Angeles Dodgers,who was born in Japan, and is African-American, and Asian, There are no African-American general managers among MLB 30 teams at this time.

Latino players are 30 percent of all major league baseball players, however, there is no Latino/Hispanic manager born in Latin America at the present time. One manager is of Hispanic heritage, born in Los Angeles, Rick Renteria, manager of the Chicago White Sox. Plus 1.2 percent of players are Asian or of Asian descent. The high point for most minority managers was a total of 10 managers, in 2002 and 2009.

General Managers: Al Avila, Detroit Tigers. His father, Cuban-born Ralph Avila was the vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers and currently scouting advisor for the Dodgers. His son Alex Avila is a catcher for the Detroit Tigers. Jeff Luhnow General Manager of the Houston Astros was born and raised in Mexico.

Owners: Linda G. Alvarado. On 1992 Alvarado made history as the first Latino(male or female) owner of a Major League Baseball team, the Colorado Rockies. This also marked the first time a woman was in a bid for ownership of a major league fanchise. Today she is co-owner of the Colorado Rockies. Arturo(Arte)Moreno sole owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Arturo”Arte”Moreno became the first American of Hispanic Heritage(Mexican-American)to own a major sports team in the United States when he purchased the Anaheim Angels baseball team from the Walt Disney Company.

In conclusion: Major League Baseball under Commissioner Fred Manfred has addressed the issue of why African-American participation in baseball has been declining, there are many explanations(but I leave that to people who study and know sociology, culture trends and such) what we know is that in Latin American baseball countries, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Aruba and other islands in the Caribbean baseball is played year ’round, few play football(NFL type)and some play basketball, but most do not come close to the level of the NBA. So aside from soccer(futbol)in Latin America, baseball is the most popular sport as far as participation and organized leagues. While in Asia, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have developed players of Major League caliber. Australia is also a country that plays baseball and organized leagues.

Umpires: At the end of the 2016 season. Lazlo(Laz)Diaz born in Miami, Alfonso Marquez, Zacatecas,Mexico,Angel Hernandez, La Habana, Cuba, Manuel(Manny)Gonzalez,Caracas,Veneuzel

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is on his seventh season as play by play announcer for Fox Sports West/Deportes of the Los Angeles Angels, and play by play for the Oakland Athletics on Spanish radio, where he began in 1977. Cuban Sports Hall of Fame (2002) Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum (2004)BARHOF/Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame(2010), and does News and Commentary each week at





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