What the MLB committee will find

It's been clear for years that cost of youth game affects participation

Updated: April 19, 2013, 12:15 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

The decline in African-American participation in baseball has become an annual parlor game. It works like this: Everybody on the field dresses up in No. 42 jerseys while baseball's cognoscenti stroke their collective chin and ponder why so few people on the field look like Jackie Robinson.

Major League Baseball has decided to address the issue with more than a furrowed brow. In fact, Bud Selig has decided the issue is serious enough to assemble a committee to address it.

That's ...

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