Dennis Young: Baseball’s genius plan for youth outreach is 51-year-old Ken Griffey Jr.

NEW YORK — MLB is enlisting Ken Griffey Jr. to heal its biggest self-inflicted wound: the fact that the game gets older and whiter every year. Griffey’s stated task is “youth baseball development, particularly regarding improving diversity at amateur levels;” in other words, getting young and non-white people to play or even just watch the game. It says something grim about baseball’s extreme problems with youth and diversity that Griffey, who retired in 2010, has a reasonable case as the last cross-cultural American star. Griffey, 51, is old enough that his son has already started and finishe…

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