Trying to turn the tide for blacks in baseball — starting at homeDC_Gray_Primary_Logo_102711_02

April 13, 2013
By Thom Loverro

Major League Baseball announced last week it is forming a task force to study ways to reverse the decline of black players in the game, who this season make up an all-time low of 7.7 percent of major league rosters.

They might want to talk to Antonio Scott.

Scott is a 34-year-old black District resident who loves baseball — so much so that he devotes much of his time in a labor of love as general manager of the DC Grays, Washington’s team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, an amateur summer wooden-bat league in the Mid-Atlantic.

He also runs youth baseball camps in the District and is on the front lines of baseball development. Scott sees the struggles to get black youths interested in the game that his older brother, father and grandfather all played.

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