Where have you gone, Felipe Alou? MLB’s lack of Latino managers is appalling

Where have you gone, Felipe Alou? MLB’s lack of Latino managers is appalling

Down to none. The Atlanta Braves’ firing of Fredi Gonzlez in May dropped the Willie Horton Jersey viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore, viagra_spedizione_24_ore. number of Latino managers in MLB to zero, none, nada. That’s the same number of Latino managers who were in the big leagues for most of Roberto Clemente’s career (the expansion San Diego Padres hired Preston Gmez in 1969).MLB’s lack of Latino managers has occurred in an era in which Latino participation remains high. Since 1969, more than 20 percent of major league players have been Latino. In fact, research by baseball historians Mark Armour and Dan Leavitt revealed Latinos eclipsed the 10 percent mark nearly 50 years ago, in 1967. Their findings show that for nearly half a century, Latino participation in MLB has ranged from 10 percent to well over 20 percent.These numbers clearly indicate there has not been a shortage of playing talent in the big leagues. They also refute the explanation that there is too small a pool from which to develop coaching and managerial prospects.MORE: These minority candidates deserve a shot at big-league jobsWhat MLB team executives have thus demonstrated, even as individual team owners and general managers have changed over the years, is an appalling inability to cultivate the leadership that Latinos have shown on the field and in the clubhouse into managerial talent.Where is the Felipe Alou of the current generation? Is he sitting in Cleveland still waiting for his first chance? Sitting next to Joe Maddon, somewhat befuddled how he has been a finalist multiple times while the likes of Matt Williams, Craig Counsell and others get hired through a skirting of the Selig Rule?The historical numbers for Latinos on the managerial front are rather damning: 16 and 10.Sixteen Latinos have served as interim managers or been hired after managerial searches. Ever.And just 10 of those men have been hired as permanent team managers the other six were brought in as interims without getting the job full-time.All of this out of the 697 men that have served as managers, according to baseball-reference.com.MORE: Is baseball’s lack of minority https://www.tigersedges.com/detroit-tigers/travis-wood-jersey managers a crisis?ManagerPlace of BirthYears ManagingTeamMiguel Angel GonzlezCuba1938, 1940 (interim)CardinalsPreston GmezCuba1969-72; 74-75; 80Padres, Astros, CubsO sie Virgil, Sr.DR1984 (interim)ExposCookie RojasCuba1988 (interim)Angels, MarlinsFelipe AlouDR1992-2001; 03-06Expos, GiantsTony PrezCuba1993RedsLuis PujolsDR2002TigersTony PeaDR2003-05RoyalsCarlos ToscaCuba2003-04Blue JaysAl PedriqueVZ2004 (interim)DiamondbacksOzzie GuillenVZ2004-11; 2012White Sox, MarlinsManny ActaDR2007-09; 10-12Indians, NationalsFredi GonzlezUS/Cuba-Am2007-10; 2011-16Marlins, BravesJuan SamuelDR2010 (interim)OriolesEdwin RodrguezPR2011 (interim)MarlinsRick RenteriaUS/Mex Am2014CubsThere is a palpable irony to the sports media’s focus on the dearth of African-American managers in MLB. Their careful monitoring of the number of African American managers in MLB has occurred while there has been a rather steady decline in the number of African-American players, from 15 percent in 1997 fewer than 10 percent now. The potential pool from which African-American managers can be developed has shrunk considerably. The opposite is starkly true with Latinos. Yet, the managerial numbers look no better.MLB has a diversity and inclusion problem, one acutely present at the managerial and executives ranks. And any steps MLB is undertaking to addre s the impact of this problem on Latinos inspires little confidence. Le s we forget that one of the initiatives MLB launched to addre s this i sue was hiring an executive firm to prep candidates for interviews instead of confronting the institutional culture of MLB that has proven incapable of developing as rich a diversity within its leadership as it has on the playing field.MORE:Baseball’s All-Cuban team Gonzlez’s firing is just the latest reminder of MLB’s diversity problem to Latinos followers of baseball.We are all witne ses to Sandy Alomar, Jr’s and Jos Oquendo lingering as faithful team coaches for an organization: And in Oquendo’s case, his turning from the next Latino likely to be a team manager into a candidate who has bypa sed so many times (even by the Cardinals) that he is now tainted by the notion that since the Cardinals would not hire him, there must be something wrong with Oquendo. Now some anxiously observe whether the same fate will befall Alomar.Or observe the Latinos who have not been hired during the same period where former (white) players like Brad Ausmus, Kevin Cash, Mike Matheny, Paul Molitor, Robin Ventura and Walt Wei s were hired without a single game of managerial experience.What certainly is befuddling for Latinos who aspire to manage in the Majors is figuring out exactly what is it that MLB general managers are looking for in their managers. Just the same, they must wonder how is it after such an extended period of Latino participation on the field that MLB Omar Infante Jersey has not transformed its institutional culture to prepare Latinos to fill that role.SN contributor Adrian Burgos Jr. is profe sor of history at the University of Illinois. His expertise includes Latinos in baseball and the Negro Leagues. The author of “Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball” (Hill & Wang, 2011) and “Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line” (University of California Pre s, 2007), he consulted for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Viva Baseball! exhibit, Ken Burns’ “The Tenth Inning” and on the forthcoming “Jackie Robinson,” among other exhibits and documentaries.

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