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Chris Rock says black people no longer like baseball – and he may be right

Is die-hard Mets fan Chris Rock right about baseball no longer appealing to black people and the youth of America?

Chris Rock got attention this week for his monologue on HBO’s Real Sports on why baseball no longer appeals to black people and the youth. Rock makes a lot of good if not original points in his seven-minute rant. Baseball’s glacial pace and stodgy, unwritten ‘code’ – which frowns on bat flips, celebrations or really any kind of, you know ... expressions of human joy – isn’t a good fit for today’s fast-paced, multi-racial society.

He also cites the usual statistics: plummeting participation rates in Little League, lousy World Series ratings and a TV audience that is predominantly white and old. “Maybe if baseball gets a little hipper, a little cooler, just a little more black,” Rock says, “the future can change.”

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Chris Rock says black people no longer like baseball – and he may be right

Is die-hard Mets fan Chris Rock right about baseball no longer appealing to black people and the youth of America?

Chris Rock got attention this week for his monologue on HBO’s Real Sports on why baseball no longer appeals to black people and the youth. Rock makes a lot of good if not original points in his seven-minute rant. Baseball’s glacial pace and stodgy, unwritten ‘code’ – which frowns on bat flips, celebrations or really any kind of, you know ... expressions of human joy – isn’t a good fit for today’s fast-paced, multi-racial society.

He also cites the usual statistics: plummeting participation rates in Little League, lousy World Series ratings and a TV audience that is predominantly white and old. “Maybe if baseball gets a little hipper, a little cooler, just a little more black,” Rock says, “the future can change.”

@DJGalloEtc What's the deadline for each MLB team to have their Bernie Williams gift sent?

@DJGalloEtc I feel they shouldn't have to send him anything that was invented in the last 9 years.

Yeah, @Addison_Russell. You’re going to do just fine here in The Show: http://t.co/QIv4H5dAIp pic.twitter.com/5AfI5FXLMH

Brett Gardner said he started the Yankee mustache trend, other guys followed suit - headley, mccann, rogers, ellsbury.. Trying to get ARod.

Alex Rodriguez laughs w/ fans while signing autographs as Reggie Jackson looks on. Yankees host Mets, 8 ET on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/UZ2Qv6Wj6k

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