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Jimmy Rollins speaks frankly about race and baseball

Jimmy Rollins

This is a 2013 photo of Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. This image reflects the Phillies’ spring training roster as of Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Andy Martino of the Daily News spoke to Jimmy Rollins about the decline of U.S.-born blacks in baseball and Rollins gave a lot of thoughtful answers.

The upshot: there are a lot of none-too-easy to address reasons why more black kids don’t go into baseball these days. Some cultural, some sociological, none of which lend themselves very well to committee-based solutions like MLB seems to be pursuing. He also talks about baseball’s inherent conservative nature and how it just isn’t as appealing to black kids these days.

Definitely worth your time.