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Study shows change in MLB roster demographics

From Matt Hughes at the YES Network on May 14, 2013, with mention of SABR member Mark Armour's study on baseball demographics:

A new study partly attributes the declining participation of African-American players in Major League Baseball to changing roster dynamics.

The Society for American Baseball Research concluded that as rosters have changed to include more pitchers, African-American players who typically play in the field -- the outfield in particular -- have seen potential roster spots become more elusive.

A 25-man roster traditionally consisted of 39-44 percent pitchers through the 1970s. But in recent years, as five-man rotations and specialists out of the bullpen have become the norm, pitchers now occupy over 50 percent of the roster.

Read the full article here: http://web.yesnetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130514&content_id=47486112&oid=0

This page was last updated May 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm MST.

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