A Baseball Fan Wonders Why No Clinics For Poor Whites In Appalachia
May 11, 2007, 05:00 AM
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From: Anchored87

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: On Cinco de Mayo, Strike Three For American Baseball Players?

I`m not quite sure why baseball has to have clinics—period. I hear this argument all the time: inner-city kids have no appreciation of baseball and thus need to be introduced to the game through clinics and other reach-out programs.

Why? Okay, only 8 percent of players are black. How many white kids in the hills of West Virginia or Tennessee are being recruited for an opportunity to play basketball?

Black kids don`t play baseball for the same reasons they don`t play hockey. And white kids are less likely to play Division I NCAA football and basketball…because they`re interested in something else.

Anchored87 is a military officer stationed stateside. He describes himself as "a huge baseball fan".