MLB diversity initiative takes stage at Meetings

MLB diversity initiatives

LAS VEGAS — Kedeem Octave arrived at his first Winter Meetings this week with eight job interviews already lined up. He doubted he would have been able to secure more than two on his own, but Octave credited Major League Baseball’s Diversity Pipeline Program and its senior director, Tyrone Brooks for helping him get his foot in the door.

“It’s helped tremendously the past few months,” Octave said Monday. “[Brooks] has definitely gotten my name out there more. … I feel like getting involved with the game and trying to move up within the game, you can’t do it by yourself. It’s just like anything else. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

In conjunction with the Winter Meetings, MLB hosted a variety of events and activities this past weekend designed to promote diversity and inclusion within the sport. That continued Monday with a pair of panel discussions launched by the new “Unfiltered Series” from MLB’s Diversity and Inclusion department. (read more)

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