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Baseball's silent segregation

With elite teams and position coaches leading the charge, baseball is striking out with the inner city.

Updated: April 20, 2004, 11:47 AM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

There are four African-American starting pitchers in the majors -- Dontrelle Willis, Jerome Williams, Darren Oliver and CC Sabathia -- and that stark fact has stirred the topic of the dwindling number of American-born black players in the game.

The attempts to identify a reason -- or a culprit -- for the situation don't seem rooted in reality. Baseball's leaders always blame basketball or football. They say the pace of baseball tends to dissuade a certain segment of the population from ...

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