Major League Baseball has created a task force to address the declining number of African-Americans playing the sport.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced the 18-person On-Field Diversity Task Force Wednesday, with a stated mission of focusing on "the myriad issues influencing on-field diversity at all levels of baseball."
USA Today reported this week that the proportion of African-Americans on Opening Day 25-man rosters -- 7.7 percent -- is the lowest since 1959. The decrease has occurred despite baseball's efforts through the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and MLB Urban Youth Academies, making apparent the need for a new approach.
"As a social institution, Major League Baseball has an enormous social responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all people, both on and off the field," Selig said in a statement.
"I am proud of the work we have done thus far with the RBI program and the MLB Urban Youth Academies, but there is more that we must accomplish. W...