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Braves GM John Schuerholz met with Joe Beasley of Rainbow/PUSH to discuss why the Braves don’t have more African-American players:

Schuerholz acknowledged the meeting Monday but declined further comment, saying in a statement: “We had a meeting with Mr. Beasley and another member of his organization this morning and discussed a variety of topics.”

Less than 10 percent of major league players are African-Americans. In a recent interview on the subject, Schuerholz said: “You go to where the talent leads you. Finding major league-caliber baseball players is far too difficult if you try to narrow your criteria down to demographics.”

Countered Beasley, “As I expected, [Schuerholz?s](sic) idea is the bottom line: I’ll put the best 40 men I can get wherever I can get them from on the field, and that’s fair. But the fact of the matter is if they put resources into recruiting here in the United States, and more specifically here in Atlanta, there are talented players here.”

How soon before we hear the Braves have made a sizable donation to Rainbow/PUSH?

7 comments

  1. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    “Less than 10 percent of major league players are African-Americans.” That’s misleadingly low, many others are African-Dominican, African-Panamanian, African-Mexican, African-Venezuelan, etc. Plus you also have many Latinos who are not of African descent in addition to Asian players.

    But this is the sad mentality of Blacks and many Whites in Georgia, that African-Americans are the only true minorities that count.

  2. David says:

    Schuerholz spoke the truth. The Braves do seek talent wherever they can find it and if it were to be found in metro Atlanta, “the fact of the matter ” is that he’d hire them. Quit your constant &%[email protected] whining and go practice and earn your way onto the team.

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    Um, well let’s see: Francouer – from metro Atlanta; McCann – metro Atlanta; Davies – metro Atlanta, Hudson – not metro Atlanta, but Macon… Seeing a trend here? Despite Mr. Beasley’s contention, the Braves do in fact scout heavily here because metro Atlanta has some of the best prep baseball (and football and basketball and soccer, athletics in general…) in the country.

    It’s just that African-American players here in Atlanta tend to focus on football or basketball; they don’t want to go play baseball for whatever reason, though it probably has something to do with the fact that they have (or at least perceive that they have) a better opportunity to play quickly in these leagues, whereas making it to the Major Leagues can be a lengthier process with going through the farm systems. How many AA players from Atlanta are in the NBA and NFL? A ton, compared to the number playing in MLB.

    But it’s their choice. It’s not like Braves scouts are intentionally dismissing them as prospects. They just choose to play other sports and pursue careers in those sports.

  4. buzzbrockway says:

    CobbGOPer,

    To buttress your point, the NFL draft held recently featured a number of local players. Several from UGA, Tech, and others who played high school football in Georgia.

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