One of the things that has changed in the baseball world over the last few years is the lack of African-Americans playing the sport. Michael Choice of UT-Arlington is trying to change that as he is leading the Mavericks with a .388 average, 11 homers, and 30 RBI. I had him ranked as the 13th best player in the country during the preseason.
The Star Telegram has a great article about how Choice has overcome the stigma of African-Americans playing baseball including this interesting tidbit:
On one side of the complex were baseball fields. On the other side was a football field, where kids of his age were playing flag football.
"No, I don’t want to get out of the van," Choice said. "Dad, I don’t want my friends to see I play baseball. I don’t want people to know because they’ll make fun of me. It’s, ‘He’s playing the white kids sport.’"
You can check out the full article by clicking here.