MLB’s percentage of Black players is baseball’s lowest since 1955

The cold, hard numbers are shocking to the senses, but Major League Baseball and The Players Alliance refuse to be deterred, believing progress is being made, convinced that change is coming. 

But, oh man, while fully committed stopping the erosion of Black players in baseball, their patience certainly is being tested. 

Major League Baseball is celebrating Jackie Robinson Day around the country Saturday, the anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947, with everyone wearing No. 42 in honor of Robinson, a historic low number of players on the field will actually be Black. 

Only 6.1% players on this year’s opening-day rosters are Black, 58 of the 945 players on the active, injured and restricted lists, the smallest percentage since 1955, according to a study by USA TODAY Sports. 

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