Houston hosts MLB diversity business summit

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 19, 2013

MIAMI - OCTOBER 22: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig takes questions from the press prior game four of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins on October 22, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig touted the progress the league has made in racial hiring practices while stressing his desire to increase the number of African-American players in the sport. Selig spoke Wednesday at the MLB diversity business summit. The league received an A in racial hiring practices in this year's annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. But the number of African-American major leaguers remained low at just 8.3 percent. Selig says: ''We constantly strive to find ways that would make Jackie Robinson proud of his chosen sport.'' The Houston Astros co-hosted the event and owner Jim Crane says he's proud of the diversity in his organization.
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