Six Black Knights Will Bless MLB’s Midsummer Classic

With African-American players comprising just 7.73 % of Opening Day rosters, no one expects the MLB All-Star teams to be littered with brothers. However, after the All-Star balloting results came in it became clear that the most lit Black Knights in the game and the more popular African-American superstars are in the AL, where George Springer and Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge were voted in as starters. 

The lumber launchers will also square off in the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby against some other formidable sluggers like Dodgers rookie masher Cody Bellinger. 

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In addition to Judge and Springer, who have a combined 54 homers and a lot of frequent flyer miles on those bombs, last years AL MVP runner-up Mookie Betts (starting in place of injured Mike Trout) and Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley were named as reserves. 

Brantley has successfully recovered from the two shoulder surgeries that kept him out of the 2016 World Series. Betts has Boston back in first place in the AL East. The five-tool, funkdafied baseball weapon is swinging a blazing stick and he’s gunning for that MVP that Trout robbed from him last season. These dudes will be soul-patrolling the outfield at some point on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.  

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The National League, historically known as the small-ball league where the rare skill sets of African-American players can be maximized, have no brothers starting. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison and last year’s champion and hometown hero Giancarlo Stanton were named as reserves.  

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Six brothers out of a possible 66 players isnt bad. Thats 9 % of the All-Stars represented by a group that comprises less than 8 % of league rosters. African-American base brawlers are not only captivating the fans and getting respected for their contributions to the game, but when they are given the opportunity to excel in baseball, an impressive percentage of them become Grade A prospects and future All-Stars. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.