MLB Gets a C in Gender Hiring

Baseball_diamond_marinesGeneration W speaker Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida has given the MLB a C rating in gender hiring.  The annual report issued earlier this month shows the number of women in the league office is 29.4 percent (158), just slightly down from 30 percent (157) in 2014. The percentage of women in the league office has declined each year since 2006, when it was 42.9 percent.

According to a recent AP article, Lapchick thinks baseball can begin to see an increase in the hiring of women if it adopts a mandate similar to the one former Commissioner Bud Selig made in 1999 that requires teams to interview at least one person of color for open managerial positions.

“I think across all report cards we see, only the NBA has done well in terms of gender hiring,” Lapchick said. “Pressure has been on in racial hiring in all sports and that’s why grades have been high. I don’t think there’s an equal amount of pressure to hire more women in all professional sports and in college. There simply needs to be more pressure to include more women.”

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