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END OF THE ROAD FOR FRANK ROBINSON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S FIRST BLACK MANAGER ONE LESS AFRICAN AMERICAN MANAGER IN MLB BASEBALL
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY
There will be no more
Spring Training or
All that is left for Frank Robinson is one more weekend of Baseball. After thousands of weekends of Baseball as a kid, as a Minor Leaguer, as a Major Leaguer, as a Coach, as Manager it is Over for Frank at 71. He gets to keep all his great seasons, all his awards, most of all all his Memories. Of a life in Baseball.
The Manager of the Washington Nationals
will not be back next Season and there
will be one less African American
Manager in MLB Baseball
likely only One in 2007
At 71 Frank Robinson’s job is Done whether he believes so or not. He is clearly Resigned to the Inevitable. A carefully placed and “authoritative” lead article in the sports section of the Washington Post Thursday for all practical purposes amounted to the Official Obituary. It left no Doubt about his Fate.
Except for the Painful Fact
another African American
Manager will be Gone
This development does not amount to aWake. Robinson looks and walks Weary. It is the natural progression of Things for One of the Greats of the Game. Today Robinson is far above the average age of MLB Managers and older than the grandfathers of some of his players.
Robinson managed for 16 seasons here and there during and after his Hall of Fame playing days. First Managing in Cleveland as player-manager at 39. The First African American MLB Manager ever. Now 8 years short of twice that age. Again he’s managed 16 years in total. Far more years than most managers ever do. So do not Weep for Frank Robinson. Rather weep for the Game.
3 Black Managers in all of Major League Baseball is far too few to begin with. With Frank Robinson’s forced retirement it will be 2 and before too many days probably 1 with the forced retirement of Dusty Baker by the Cubs.
Only Willie Randolph will definitely survive. 3 African American Managers. It is possible we will NEVER again see THREE African American managers again at the same time in Major League Baseball. And 3 Managers is just a mere 10%.
Think about it another Way
At least in the NFL and in the NCAA they give Lip Service to the lack of Managers otherwise known as Head Coaches. But Bud Selig who is a Master of Lip Service when it comes to African Americans doesn’t even bother with Lip Service when it comes to Black Managers. The MLB hierarchy has NEVER made a statement or issued any concern about the lack of African American Managers let alone instituted any policies to change the situation.
Even if there is only One
African American Manager
Baseball will do
nothing about it
Because Baseball doesn’t Care
about the Disappearance of
If only African Americans
were White or Latino
there’d be NO Problem
to speak or write of
ask Bud Selig
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