MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he is concerned about the decreasing number of minority managers, the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich reports.
Bo Porter was fired by the Houston Astros earlier this month, and Ron Washington resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers last week. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon is the league's only black manager.
“Well, both teams are looking for ‘em,” the commissioner said of the Astros and Rangers in response to a question from the Chronicle. “I’m very concerned about that. I’m very proud of what we’ve done in minority hiring. And I think we’ll have some good news on that front, too, from everything I’m hearing in other areas.
“I’m sorry to see Ron Washington to go. I didn’t know Bo Porter very well, but I did know Ron well. But we’ll see what the clubs do. I think the clubs have been pretty good. We made progress. Not always as quickly as I’d like, but I’ll repeat it for the 200th time already today, we are a social institution. We need to do as much of that as possible. And should.”
Yahoo Sports' David Brown adds that in 2009 there were 10 minority managers.
Selig will retire early next year and is set to be replaced by chief operating officer Rob Manfred.
- Paul Palladino