ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball teams maintained its racial and gender hiring practices in the last year, while the percentage of African-American players equaled a study's all-time low set in the 2007 season.
That's according to the annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. It gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C-plus in gender hiring.
The baseball rosters on opening day featured 8.2 percent of players who identified as African-American, equaling the all-time low for the second time since the study began in 1988. It's a decline from 8.3 percent in 2013 and 8.9 percent in 2012.
In April 2013, MLB instituted a task force to consider ways to increase diversity in the game, especially among African-American players.
Overall, 39.1 percent of players (295) in baseball are people of color, with Latino players making up 28.4 percent (214) of that figure. Still, study author Richard Lapchick noted that there is concern throughout baseball about the steady decline of African-American players since 2000.