Watch: Chris Rock explains why baseball has lost black fans, players

Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Curtis Granderson is not the only person concerned about the declining number of black baseball players and fans. During a segment on HBO's Real Sports Tuesday night, comedian Chris Rock lamented about how baseball has lost popularity among black people. 

"I don't care about any of this as a black guy, I care about this as a baseball fan," Rock said. "We don't really need baseball, but baseball needs us."

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According to the Huffington Post, 19% of MLB players in 1986 were African Americans, a number that is down to 7.8% in 2015. 

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