The number of African-American players involved with Major League Baseball has steadily declined over the course of the last decade. And MLB wants to know why. So they just announced that they have created a task force designed with identifying why only 8.5 percent of the players on MLB Opening Day rosters were black.

"I don't want to miss any opportunity here," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig told the New York Times recently. "We want to find out if we're not doing well, why not, and what we need to do better. We'll meet as many times as we need to come to meaningful decisions. I really think our history is so brilliant when it comes to African-Americans. You think about the late 1940s, the 1950s—wow. And you look at that and you say to yourself, 'Why did it not continue, and what could we do to make sure it does continue?'"

That's a tough question to answer. But it's one that MLB can answer, if they devote the proper resources to answering it. It'll be interesting to hear what they come up with and how long it takes for them to come up with it.

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[via MLB]