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By Murray Chass

May 2, 2016

It’s been decades since I was in school, but when I was in college, I wish I had had Dr. Richard Lapchick as a professor.

Lapchick is the director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. Every year he publishes a report card for each professional sports league on racial and gender hiring. It’s an admirable pursuit because someone has to scrutinize racial and gender hiring, but Lapchick is far too lenient on Major League Baseball.

Ignoring MLB’s atrocious minority hiring practices, in his report issued two weeks ago Lapchick gives MLB an A for its racial hiring practices. We all should have had such professors in school. I had a college teacher give me a B in a journalism reporting course, costing me “cum laude” graduating status by .01.

Lapchick, however, found MLB doing superior work in its racial hiring, lowering its over-all grade to a B only because its gender hiring earned only a C/C+. I don’t track gender hiring, but I have paid close attention to racial hiring and I give Lapchick an F – for failing – for giving MLB an A. I also give MLB an F for racial hiring.

If there were a grade lower than F, it would go to Commissioner Rob Manfred for two reasons:

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By Murray Chass

April 28, 2016

From 2007 through 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies won five division titles. It was the first time in the Phillies’ 129-year history that they finished in first place in five consecutive seasons. In that franchise-historic span, the team played in two successive World Series, winning one. In those five seasons, the Phillies won 89, 92, 93, 97 and 102 games.

In the four seasons since, they have dropped to third place in the National League East, then fourth and fifth and last each of the last two years, compiling records of 81-81, 73-89 twice and finally a major league-worst 63-99 last season.

When Andy MacPhail became the team’s president last Fall, it was obvious that his first move would be to …

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By Murray Chass

April 25, 2016

A friend, a lawyer, says neither fans nor members of the news media have a right to know the identity of the owners of professional sports team. I say nonsense. A team may be a privately held company, but it relies on revenue generated by the exorbitant prices fans pay to watch their teams play. In addition, the news media give teams millions of dollars worth of free publicity, and they and the fans should know the beneficiaries of their contributions.

And don’t forget the millions of taxpayer dollars that fund the construction of most professional playgrounds.

The Philadelphia Phillies prompt me to raise the issue of ownership …

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