* Editor's Commentaries - #83 Jackie Robinson and MLB in the USofA Today, i.e., in these truly bizarre times

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.  Perhaps, you have heard or read of the 'extremely troubling' news that "Black" athletes purportedly constitute a smaller portion of Major League Baseball's players than they have for decades, and that "Black" Americans as a whole are disinterested in Major League Baseball, and that these two phenomena constitute what should be recognized as a crisis of great concern to the future of Major League Baseball in the USA of Today, a crisis for "Black America," and a looming crisis for the future of the United States of America!

It was either Jackie Robinson's widow or daughter who was interviewed and exploited with regard to this, i.e., she was fed the "statistics" and questioned regarding what she thought about it (known as push-polling).  She said something to the effect that Jackie Robinson's work, "sacrifice," ...was in vain!

No Mrs. Robinson (or daughter of Jackie), his "breaking the color barrier" in Major League Baseball was not in vain, just take a look at a MLB game some day, and you will see that.

.  The truth is that these nonsensical 'crises' are an utter fraud and fiction.  Permit me to explain.

When is the last time you watched a MLB game?  Did you notice a dearth of "African-American" appearing ballplayers, a dearth of "Black" ballplayers, or to be terribly politically incorrect, a dearth of Negroid ballplayers?  If so you were watching very selectively, i.e., filtering out reality, or you simply saw an unrepresentative game.

According to MLB and the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (can you believe such a thing exists?), the following data is correct: 

849 - the number of total MLB players on opening day

246 - the number of total MLB players born outside the USA

100 - the number of MLB players officially recognized or designated as being "African-American" (2006 season)

208 - the number of total MLB players born in Latin America or the Caribbean (including 99 from the Dominican Republic, 50 from Venezuela, and 28 from Puerto Rico, the overwhelming majority of these ballplayers have African ancestors in their lineage).

18 - the number of total MLB players from Asia

20 - the number of total MLB players from outside the USA, but not from Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia

100 + 208 = 308.  308 of 849!  308/849 = more than 36% of all MLB ballplayers!

Approximately 36% of MLB ballplayers are "African-American," about 2/3 of whom are African+American (American of Spanish lineage), instead of African+American (American of non-Spanish European lineage); what a problem!

[This 36% could be understated, as there may be players included within the 603 (born within the USA) who were not separated out as being "African-American," and that no separate percentage is given for, who are perchance silently classified as being "Latin-American," but due to being born in the USA excluded from the subsets for those born in Latin America or the Caribbean....  Such ballplayers may well deserve to be classified as being "African-American," or “Black.”]

How many of the so-called "Latin-American" players that you have watched play in the Major Leagues honestly fail the "African-American" test (as in African-Latin American)?  How many?  Really, how many?  Virtually none; this stands in stark contrast with the jockeys of the NTRA who are from Latin America.

How many of the 99 ballplayers from the Dominican Republic are not especially dark?  Very few, and even they are clearly of African descent.

Regarding Puerto Rican ballplayers in MLB, all people born in Puerto Rico (which is a Commonwealth of the USA) are US citizens from birth (this has been true since 1917); people such as the late great Roberto Clemente', and Roberto's close friend and Pittsburgh Pirate teammate catcher Manny Sanguillen.  [Manny repeatedly risked his life diving at the crash-site off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to try to recover Roberto's body for Roberto's widow Vera and her children.  The ocean was more than a mile deep where the overloaded plane Roberto had chartered to take relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua crashed immediately after takeoff.]  Why should Puerto Rican MLB players of African lineage not qualify as being "African-American," given that they are citizens of the United States of America from birth?

Virtually every ballplayer in MLB referred to as being "Latin-American"…is also of African ancestry!  Yet, curiously they do not qualify as being “African-American,” even though they are of African lineage and are from Latin America!

And how did their ancestors find their way to Latin America or the Caribbean; slavery (does that sound familiar)?  But they don’t count as being “African-American” or “Black,” that’s right David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Alfonso Soriano, Pedro Martinez…you are not Black enough to satisfy Gary Sheffield and all of the others who insist on disingenuously creating a “problem” out of thin air.  What should these "Latin-American" ballplayers (of African ancestry) do?  Should they go back to where they came from and make room for some "African-Americans" who either have no Spanish ancestry or who were born in the USA?

100 + 246 = 346 the number of total MLB players either classified as being "African-American" (i.e., born in the USA and categorized as "African-American") or born outside the USA.

346/849 = 40.75% (nearly 41%) of all MLB players are either classified as being "African-American" (i.e., born in the USA and categorized as "African-American") or born outside the USA.  Of those born outside the USA, only 20 could even possibly be classified as being other than "African-American," "Latin-American," "Asian-American" (Guam...), or Asian.

Nonetheless, the media gravely reports "news" of a problematic decline in "African-American" representation in MLB, as if it is a genuine cause for legitimate concern, and thus requires action to be taken to resolve this purported major (as in Major League Baseball) problem.

By the way how do you imagine MLB player’s salaries, benefits, and perks compare with those back in 1994 (before the purported precipitous drop-off of "African-American" representation in MLB?  They have gone off the charts; clearly "people of race" are being picked on, exploited, disenfranchised, and downtrodden...yet again.

Where is the outcry that there isn’t enough representation by "African-Americans" (with a Latin connection) in the NBA and NFL and AFL?  Those are other “problems” our infinitely wise government or other wise and wonderful movers and shakers need to address and “fix,” and soon!

.  So what is the point, what is the significance of this, why should you care?  Just this!

This contrived controversy has been carefully crafted and promulgated with the complicity of the major media elites, and not merely out of boredom and desire to plump up viewer ratings.  There is an absolute dearth of intellectual honesty within the major media, and while seemingly not all of the "players" within the major media are evil, there are absolutely none within the major media who will stand against the agendas and practices of the major media (due to self-preservation).

If the major media can successfully promulgate such outrageous, bald-faced lies as a purported racial crisis in Major League Baseball despite nearly half of all Major League Baseball players being non-white, what can they not succeed in persuading the blind, ignorant, sheepish masses of?

Occasionally I think while standing up, walking, or even chewing gum, though I can't say I necessarily do my best thinking while exerting myself in these ways - Editor/Ed.

Boys are so silly, I prefer to do my deep thinking, reflection, ruminating, and meditation, while I am reclining at length in the tub, preferably with several servants to attend to my every whim and need.  [One must be careful to only think in moderation while soaking, though, lest one should turn into a prune!]  Umm, I wonder if those silly hunky stone-age boys are thinking about me?  If they think they can use me like I'm some worthless disposable thing, they've got another thing coming! 

{No, bathing beauty.  If I had a lady like you to think about (but a little less "hard-bodied"), I wouldn't manage to think of anything else.  It is true, God does work in mysterious ways.}

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Al's secret to his superior thinking - sitting down.

 Ah yes, now I see the resemblance between Albert Einstein and CBM's Editor, they are both hard-bodied hunks (almost as if chiseled out of stone) and undeniably dreamers.



what's a hunk, am i a hunk too?  boy, i think that lady has the right idea, a relaxing soak in the tub home (toc)

ok you little feller, but while you are splashing around, pretend you are winston churchill, and not a seal.

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