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?