By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
It’s April 15th Time For Baseball To Disturb
IT’S APRIL 15TH
TIME FOR BASEBALL TO DISTURB JACKIE ROBINSON’S GRAVE AGAIN
MLB’S ONCE A YEAR CHARADE
WHY ARE THE TOP 20 EXECUTIVES IN BASEBALL ALL WHITE BUD
Time for the Annual Ritual
Glorifying Jackie Robinson
on April 15th
for Nothing but Failure
for African Americans
Baseball is also secretly very secretly celebrating its Great Relief that the likes of Jackie Robinson are dead and buried. Could you imagine the nightmare for Bud Selig and the Boys if they had to answer to the Power of Jackie Robinson for its Failure to African Americans in recent years.
And get a look at MLB’s own release on the MLB Website right now it would be funny if it were not so Pathetic. Believe it or not the MLB story opens by telling that Jackie Robinson stopped attending any games or going to any events like Old Timers Days in the years after his career ended because he was so outraged that Baseball had done so little to make progress for African Americans off the field in management and executive positions.
But get this ….
They then say in effect if Robinson was alive today he would happily be at Shea Stadium Saturday because finally after all these years New York with 2 of the most prominent teams in Baseball and a huge Black population FINALLY got its first Black manager with Will Randolph becoming Manager of the Mets. After being passed over by team after team for a decade in favor of white candidates.
And according to the MLB story it is even better ….
There is actually ONE African American General Manager in MLB Baseball today Ken Williams of the World Champion White Sox. Sure Bud Jackie Robinson would be overwhelmed by all this “progress” and the fact there are NO African American owners still and that African American players are disappearing from Baseball and that there are no more African American MLB umpires then at the end of his career. Just 2. Then and now.
If all this wasn’t even to get Jackie Robinson so excited that he would arrive before Sunrise on Saturday at Shea if he were alive for the 59th Anniversary of the day April 15, 1947, that Robinson became the first African American in the Majors there is more “good news” to report ….
The authoritative Sports Business Journal in its early April issue published profiles of “The 20 Most Influential People in Baseball” and they are all WHITE. That would truly make Robinson joyous if he were alive. The fact that the 20 most influential were all WHITE in 1947 when he broke into the Majors and that now 59 years later the 20 most influential people in Baseball are still all WHITE.
We are going to list them to make a Point
#1 Bud Selig Himself
#2 Bob Dupay President, COO, MLB
#3 Donald Fehr Executive Director, MLBPA
#4 George Bodenheimer Pres. ESPN / ABC Sports
#5 Jerry Reinsdorf Chairman, Chicago White Sox
#6 George Steinbrenner Owner, NY Yankees
#7 Tony Ponturo VP, Global Media, Anheuser-Busch
#8 Scott Borus CEO, Scott Borus Corp.
#9 Gene Orza COO, MLBPA
#10 John Henry Principal Owner. Boston Red Sox
#11 Tim Brosnan, VP, business, MLB
#12 Bob Bowman Pres., MLB Advanced Media
#13 Ed Goren Pres., Fox Sports
#14 Rob Manfredo, Exec. VP, Labor Relations, MLB
#15 Hugo Panero CEO, XM Satellite Radio
#16 U.S. Senator John McCain Arizona
#17 Drayton McLane Owner, Houston Astros ( which went thru 2005 season without any African American players )
#18 Bob Thompson President, Fox Sports Network
#19 Fred Wilpon Owner. NY Mets
#20 Chris Koch CEO, New Era
Not even one African American. Not close. That should really get Robinson excited. In fact we have heard a rumor ( out of MLB headquarters ) that Jackie Robinson is so exited by all the developments for African Americans in Baseball since his Death he is seriously considering Rising from the Dead on Saturday so he can appear at Shea Stadium with Bud Selig and thank Baseball for ALL the progress …..
” for all it has done or African Americans “
these last 34 years since
Robinson’s death in 1972
it has truly been
Thank you Bud
( #1 BS Artist )