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Home Run: MLB Wants to Hire More Women and Minorities

Home Run: MLB Wants to Hire More Women and Minorities

By Jennifer Memmolo

It might be time to dig out your old catcher's mitt and baseball cards — the MLB is looking to hire more women and minorities in time for next season. This is a huge step for an organization that has never had a woman general manager in its more than 110-year history.

The organization is teaming up with Korn Ferry (a search firm, not an iteration of the 2000s band) to open up its doors to more inclusive hiring. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who opened up earlier this year about including more LGBT and minority hires, said of the partnership:

"We are proudly a sport of inclusion, and we must continue to pursue and develop more opportunities for minorities and women throughout our game, both in senior- and entry-level positions. Our policy on this vital issue will ensure that active searches of outside candidates for leadership positions will include strong minority and female representation."

Manfred installed former MLB player Billy Bean as an "inclusion ambassador" earlier this year to dispel any notions that the MLB might be a hostile environment for LGBT fans and players.

The MLB is one of several organizations that announced their own iteration of the "Rooney Rule" in recent weeks, joining everyone from the NFL to tech firms like Pinterest in its efforts to hire more women and minorities.

But what's important to remember is that hiring women as coaches and managers in sports organizations results in more than good press—just look at the NBA's San Antonio Spurs, where Coach Becky Hammon led the summer league to a championship just a few weeks' ago. And as NFL preseason starts heating up, it'll be exciting to see how Jen Welter, coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals, contributed to their playbook. These women are more than news items: They're intelligent, talented athletes who are making real contributions to these teams.

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