Jerry Manuel increases diversity role
NEW YORK -- Former major league manager Jerry Manuel is taking on an increased role with Major League Baseball's on-field diversity task force.
The commissioner's office said Thursday that Manuel will oversee the group's day-to-day efforts.
MLB has been concerned about the declining number at all levels of minority players, particularly African-Americans.
Among other initiatives, baseball wants to work with current and former big leaguers who could be coaches and youth leaders in urban communities.
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