3. International reach
Baseball is America’s pastime, but there’s no denying the international aspect of this great game.
According to SABR.org 36.7% of Major League Baseball is non-white, compared to less than 2% in 1947. Some of the greatest players in the history of the game have been minorities and they are not appreciated enough.
I understand that some cities, like Kansas City and St. Louis, have done great tributes to Negro League players, but I think really honoring the great Latin, Asian, and African-American players could bring wonders to the game.
I’m definitely not saying that teams fail to honor these players and leagues … but if teams and stadiums could turn it up a few notches, I really believe the diversity of crowds would increase and the shear number of fans would increase.
Even teams with not much history (like the Rockies and Diamondbacks) have had some unbelievable African-American and Latin players on their rosters. If Major League Baseball had league-wide Negro League and Latin American nights with historical exhibits set up around the park with early entry, the growth and knowledge of the game would easily expand beyond just the hardcore baseball fans.
I also understand that baseball does have a Hispanic Heritage Night late in September, but I think the league can do much better than just making T-shirts with an accent over the MLB logo. I’m talking special uniforms, hats, patches and celebrating the unbelievable influence that minorities have had on the game of baseball, and celebrating it. That is the least that baseball could do.