As African American Participation in Baseball Wanes, Local Teens Eye Careers in the Majors


Bre’Anna Tinsley/ WDET

A baseball diamond in Detroit’s Pingree Park

Baseball has long been thought of as America’s national pastime. But with many young athletes, especially African-Americans, now choosing to play basketball or football instead of baseball, is that actually still the case?

This year, only about eight percent of black players on a Major League Baseball roster were from the United States or Canada. In Metro Detroit, three high school players are hoping to change that. William English of Detroit Western, Bryce Bush of Warren De La Salle, and Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s John Malcom are all African-American players having standout seasons who have signed on to play Division I college ball.

A recent article in the Detroit Free Press by Mick McCabe…

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