weams Posted September 6, 2015 Share Posted September 6, 2015 <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With GM openings, <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> can increase number of minorities in leadership positions. My column: <a href="http://t.co/WphjFxLQEm">http://t.co/WphjFxLQEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FOXSports">@FOXSports</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FS1">@FS1</a></p>— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) <a href=" ">September 6, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "Personally, I am pleased with the focus that has been put on the issue," Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who chairs MLB's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, told FOX Sports.The issue of minority hiring in baseball gained attention earlier this year, when the Marlins, Brewers and Padres promoted internal candidates, who are white, to fill major-league managerial vacancies. According to Dr. Richard Lapchick, primary author of the Racial and Gender Report Card, white players accounted for 58.8 percent of MLB roster spots at the beginning of this season. By comparison, 93.3 percent of managers (28 of 30) are white; Seattle's Lloyd McClendon and Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez are the only minority managers. The census of top front-office positions is less straightforward; a growing number of teams have a "president of baseball operations" and "general manager," making it difficult to discern which person has the most proximate authority over baseball decisions. Six minorities hold baseball operations positions at the GM level or above: Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart, Tigers general manager Al Avila, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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