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MLB'S EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REPORT SHOWS WORK STILL TO BE DONE
Published May 10, 1996
The Equal Opportunity Committee of MLB issued an update on baseball's opportunity efforts over the past year. The last EOC report was in June '94. Among the findings: MLB has seen a decrease in the percentage of women in central offices and front office positions. Central offices include the Commissioner, A.L., N.L. offices, the Players Relations Committee and MLB Properties. In '93-94, 111 women were employed in the central offices making up 56% of the workforce. In '95-96, women made up 54% with 76 employees. But the percentage of women as executives and department heads increased from 10% to 21% on the central office level, but remained at 13% in the club's front offices. The percentage of African-American employees in the central offices increased slightly, but remained at 9% in club front offices, the same level since '89. The greatest increase was in the number of female owners/investors in teams, which grew from 31 in '94 to 43 in '95-96. On the whole, hiring numbers showed no dramatic gain in any one category (MLB). REACTION: Minority hiring changed little "despite promises from owners to improve ethnic diversity" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/10). ESPN's Bob Ley: "If progress is measured by numbers, then Major League Baseball is not making progress" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/9).