Photo: Ozzie Guillen, General Manager of Chicago White Sox
The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) has just released the 2011 Racial and Gender Report Card for Major League Baseball.
The report acknowledges the ‘steady improvement’ the league has been doing in the area of hiring, promoting and including people of color and women. However it also noted this year there had been decreases in the percentage of people of color and women working in MLB.
The most notable decrease came in the percentage of African-American players now in MLB. Overall 38.3% of all players in the league are of color with 27 percent being Latino. The percentage of Latino players decreased from 28.4 percent in 2010 to 27 percent in 2011. This was one of the lowest percentages for Latinos since 1999 when it was 26 percent.
The only owner of color is a Latino, Arturo Moreno who owns the Los Angeles Angels. There are four Latino managers, one Latino general manager and 17 percent of all managers are Latino.
The MLB received an overall grade of 1 for race and B- for gender in 2011.