Found April 16, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball is mostly a day of celebration. All players wear jersey No. 42 in honor of the first player to break MLB’s color barrier. Some guys do even more as a tribute. But inevitably, one issue that comes up each year is the declining number of African-American players in the game. Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd, who comprises part of the 8% of black players in MLB, is sick of the negative focus. “If you want to take polls, then take polls asking how many black lawyers do we have now, or how many black judges or black doctors there are now,” Byrd said Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Just because we’re black doesn’t mean we have to play sports. You can go through other avenues. If the decrease (in baseball) is because they’re going into academic fields, so be it. More power to them.” Byrd may have been partially bothered by a recent newspaper article that focused on the lack of black players on the two Chicago baseball tea...
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