Reid: MLB’s black managers now a party of one

From Alvin Reid at the St. Louis American on March 28, 2018, with mention of SABR members Mark Armour and Dan Levitt:

There were few firings in Major League Baseball following the 2017 season, although the big-name, big-market Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals have new skippers.

None of the new gents is black. Why am I not surprised?

Boston hired former player and Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, a Puerto Rican, as its manager. Dave Martinez, also Puerto Rican, was hired to lead the Washington Nationals after Dusty Baker got bounced after losing in the playoffs to the Chicago Cubs.

The Yankees hired first-time manager (or coach for that matter) Aaron Boone after surprisingly letting go of Joe Girardi.

With Baker’s termination, Dave Roberts of the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers is MLB’s lone black manager.

Rick Renteria remains the manger of the Chicago White Sox, which means just four of MLB’s 30 managers are men of color.

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Originally published: March 29, 2018. Last Updated: March 29, 2018.