Stat-urday, 6/10/2017


Masahiro_Tanaka_on_August_4,_2015
Masahiro Tanaka in 2015, photo taken by Arturo Pardavila III via Wikipedia

June is Immigrant Heritage Month and after a week of disturbing comments about foreign-born players essentially needing to learn English (from Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt – both of whom later apologized), its time to take a closer look at baseball demographics. According to the most recent Racial and Gender Report Card for MLB, foreign-born players make up nearly one-third of MLB rosters, and minorities account for over 40 percent of all Major Leaguers.

Here is a break down of the demographics:

Opening Day Rosters

2016

2017

Black, African American, or African Canadian

7.7%

7.7%

Hispanic or Latino

28.5%

31.9%

Asian

1.7%

1.9%

White

59.1%

57.5%

     
Foreign-born players

27.5%

29.8%

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