ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) â Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study’s low set in the 2007 season.
That’s according to the annual report 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.