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Old 06-05-2007, 06:34 PM   #3
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I mean if control were the issue then why is it that the NFL has a larger percentage of African Americans and that sport takes much more discipline and coachability than baseball does?

One major factor is that they can get these kids out of the islands when they are 16 so they tend to be major league ready by the time they are 20 or 21. Another is that African Americans aren't playing baseball at younger ages any more basketball and football tend to be the preferred sports. American kids are rarely ready for the bigs by then.

Bottom line is African American kids are playing football and basketball more than they are baseball these days. I think a lot of them probably see those sports as having a quicker path to the big paydays so they concentrate on those sports more than baseball.
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