« Eye on Iran, Rivals Pursuing Nuclear Power | Main | In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South »

Hunter: A few 42s too many

The Strib had a nice little interview piece with Twins' outfielder Torri Hunter about the MLB honoring Jackie Robinson. Every April 15, Jackie Robinson Day offers a chance to honor one of history's greatest Americans. It's also a chance to recognize one of baseball's most perplexing issues: the disappearance of black players. The Strib reporter that the disapearance is traceable. In 1975, 27 percent of major league players were black. By 2006, that number was just 8.4 percent, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. The piece also supplants quotes from other all-star black baseball players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Derek Jeter.