Black MVP'S In Philly

by
Samori Benjamin

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On August 26th the Philadelphia Phillies came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the New York Mets 8-7 in 13 innings to overtake them for first place atop the National League East division by a half game. Philadelphia is the team of the National League's reigning Most Valuable Players the past two seasons, Shortstop Jimmy Rollins won the award in 2007 and first baseman Ryan Howard took home the honors in 2006. With the number of African-Americans in Major League Baseball being at only 8%, and the level of interest in baseball declining amongst African-American youth, can these two superstars get black youth excited about the sport? Both men spoke with WBAI Sports about the issue.


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