In the eyes of baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig, the sport he oversees is in a golden era. Attendance at major league games is at an all-time high, TV and Internet revenues are robust, and competitive balance never has been better.
Amid the good news, however, baseball is fighting a distressing trend: The number of black Americans in the game has dwindled to an all-time low.
Stop the presses! Imagine the horror, revulsion, shock, awe, vexation, pity, pain and platitudinous nonsense that would be generated if the article were written about basketball and the diminished presence of white players. Change two words in the sentence and we get:
...Amid the good news, however, basketball is fighting a distressing trend: The number of white Americans in the game has dwindled to an all-time low."Who cares how many blacks are on a baseball team and who is distressed?
MLB makes pitch to recruit blacks
By Tim Lemke
August 14, 2007