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DETROIT Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter posed an interesting question.
What if Jackie Robinson had quit? Hunter asked. He had to endure so much, and what if he quit?
"But he didnt fight back or break any rules and played through it. You never know how this country wouldve been different if he did not succeed.
Jackie changed the mindset of this country way more than just baseball. It would have happened eventually with somebody else, but we would not be where we are today. It took a real strong man to endure that. And if we all dont listen to his lesson, well fail.
Hunter was referring to the decline in African-Americans in the majors.
The New York Times on Wednesday cited statistics from Mark Armour of the Society of American Baseball Research that showed roster percentages of U.S.-born black players was at its high of 19 percent in 1986, and declined to 8.5 percent on Opening Day rosters this season.
The Tigers have three African-Americans on their 25-man roster Pr...
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Torii Hunter, driven by his comfortable new surroundings, is locked in at the plate. (BeGreen90, Flickr)
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In what f@*&ing universe??
Ok.. Ok.. Let me start again..
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