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Blacks losing the numbers game

On-field decline, wave of analytics are barriers to management opportunities

Updated: April 17, 2014, 5:25 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

In the spring of 2000, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and I sat in his office at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and the GM asked a direct question: "Do you think I'm a racist?"

The A's were in a difficult position. They had produced players such as Vida Blue, Blue Moon Odom, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and Mike Norris and were situated in a city that housed a large African-American community and was historically and culturally famous, among numerous touchstones in the civil rights ...

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