Bill Madden: Integrating Negro League stats into MLB will be an arduous but important step in making baseball whole

NEW YORK — Whew! For a sport that has essentially been in a renewed pandemic lockdown since the World Series, baseball just had quite a week in which MLB decreed the Negro Leagues will henceforth officially be classified as major leagues. MLB’s decision to recognize the Negro Leagues as major leagues was commendable. Commissioner Rob Manfred will deal with fierce backlash from media critics who maintain such “legitimacy” has been far too late in coming, after decades of allowing the perception to exist that the Negro Leagues represented an inferior level of play. In addition, there is now the …

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