/Sports of The Times: With Managers, Major League Baseball Is Forward in Thinking but Backward in Hiring

Sports of The Times: With Managers, Major League Baseball Is Forward in Thinking but Backward in Hiring

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Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday. He said there was a “certain cyclical nature” to the lack of black or Latino managers.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last week, Jerry Dipoto, the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners, engaged in the time-honored practice of cashiering his team’s manager.

So Lloyd McClendon went tumbling out the door and Major League Baseball’s 30 teams were left with a single minority manager, Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves.

Baseball does singularity well. It has a single black team C.E.O. and a single Latino majority owner. Its playing ranks are richly more diverse, as 38 percent of its players are black and Latino, including the Mets’ star slugger, Yoenis Cespedes, and the Royals’ track star of a center fielder, Lorenzo Cain.

You put this question of hiring to Commissioner Rob Manfred, who was in town for the World Series and chatting with the news media. Hola, big man: What’s going on…

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