The Red Sox Black stars provide inspiration for young players of color   

The number of aspiring African-Americans seeking to play Major League Baseball has dwindled over the past five decades. However, the youth who still dream of becoming Major League players can look to the Boston Red Sox for inspiration, particularly their superstar right fielder Mookie Betts.

The 25-year-old from Nashville, Tenn. is a leading candidate for American League MVP. When the Red Sox faced the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Betts was atop the American League in batting with a .341 average, second in runs scored with 91 and third in the commonly referenced analytics statistic Wins Above Replacement at 7.1 He was also tied with the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton for eighth in home runs with 26 and had knocked in 58 runs primarily from the lead-off position.

Betts is joined in the Red…

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