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Why Are so Few African-Americans Playing Baseball?

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black player in Major League Baseball in the modern-era. He endured nay sayers and racists in order to pave the way for future generations.

But how would Jackie Robinson feel if someone told him that the percentage of African Americans in baseball today is about the same as it was in his era? In 1981, the percentage of African American MLB players was at 27 percent. In 2014, that number has dropped to eight percent. The MLB has set up a task force to bring black players back to the game.

Omar Kelly, Columnist at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, joined us to talk about this issue.

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