*It may be football and basketball season, but during an interview with the hosts of ESPN’s “First Take,” rapper Nelly, who is a huge baseball fan and even played on his high school’s team and won MVP honors, talked about the decline in Black players in Major League Baseball.
In Nelly’s opinion, the League needs to step up its marketing strategies and should focus on highlights other than just the “home run” in the MLB All-Star Game.
“Where’s the skills competition in baseball, where’s the strongest arm from the outfield…where’s the fastest guy around the bases. There’s no skill. The only skill you see is the home run,” he said in the interview. He also wants children to begin receiving training at an even younger age.
On the 25-man rosters on MLB’s opening day, only 8.5 percent were African-Americans, according to the New York Times.
Earlier this year, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said he was forming a 17-member diversity task force, which would look at and address issues that are potentially keeping African American baseball players away.