Jimmy Rollins reflects on decline of Black players in MLB
By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press | Saturday, April 17, 2021, 12:05 a.m.
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In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins, right, celebrates his run with Ryan Howard on a single by Chase Utley during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Philadelphia. When Rollins made his first All-Star team as a rookie with the Phillies 20 years ago, the percentage of Black players in the majors was 13. It’s down to 7.6% this year. Rollins pointed to Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds as popular players who were marketed well when he was growing up. “But when you start going outside of that select few, the sport itself isn’t marketing anyone else in a major way where kids from the inner cities are attracted to it," he said. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
PHILADELPHIA — When Jimmy Rollins made his first All-Star team as a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies 20 years ago, the percentage of Black players in the majors was 13.