The World Series is about to get underway, with Game 1 being set for 8:03 p.m. Eastern Time tonight.
It’ll be the juggernaut Houston Astros against the underdog Philadelphia Phillies.
However, Astros manager Dusty Baker believes that MLB has a frustrating problem on its hands.
This will be the first World Series since 1950 that neither team has a US-born Black player.
Baker expressed his concerns about this issue yesterday during his press conference.
“I don’t think that’s something that baseball should be really proud of,” Baker said. “It looks bad. It lets people know that it didn’t take a year or even a decade to get to this point.”
Dusty Baker asked about the fact this is the 1st World Series since 1950 without a U.S.-born Black player: “I don't think that that's something that baseball should really be proud of. It looks bad. It let's people know it didn't take a year or even a decade to get to this point” pic.twitter.com/N4WLPBqdyx
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) October 27, 2022
Baker Comments On MLB Demographics
Of course, this could be a result of baseball’s outreach going down in recent years.
And it isn’t just happening for one demographic.
Interest in baseball has seemingly declined over the past several years.
Obviously, the labor issues that have taken place in recent years that ultimately culminated in the most recent work stoppage haven’t helped matters.
In many ways, baseball has been declining.
Interest in the game isn’t quite what it used to be.
So naturally, that is going to affect all demographics.
The lockout only made things worse, turning fans away from the game, as well as young children who choose to play sports.
Sadly, something such as this will likely be swept under the rug in the near future.
But perhaps it’s a wake-up call for the game itself.
With the lockout now over, perhaps baseball can regain its prominence.