“We have black players in next year’s [recruiting] class committed, and the year after that,” said Mainieri. “The truth of the matter is that there are not as many [black] kids playing.”
This is simply true. In America, black kids either because of lack of opportunities at an early age or simply by choice do not lean towards baseball as much anymore. I graduated from high school in 1988, and played ball from the time I was 8 and only played WITH a black guy my senior year...and that was the only time that we had ever even had a black player try out. It was also a rare occurrence to see a black player in legion ball, and that was playing against both river parish and metro areas teams.
It's hard to have college players when so few are playing at the high school level.