Negro Leagues Statistics Now Included in MLB Database; Josh Gibson Takes Lead in Three Batting Categories

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    Major League Baseball Integrates Negro Leagues Statistics, Josh Gibson Becomes All-Time Leader

    The decision made by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to integrate statistics from the Negro Leagues into the MLB database has caused a major shift in baseball history. With more than 2,300 Negro League players now included in the database, records have been rewritten, and new leaders have emerged.

    One of the most significant changes is Josh Gibson becoming the new all-time leader in three major categories, including career and season batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS. Gibson’s impressive stats have surpassed legendary players like Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, solidifying his place in baseball history.

    Commissioner Manfred emphasized the importance of recognizing the accomplishments of Negro League players and their contributions to the sport. The decision to include their records dating back to 1920 is a step towards honoring their legacy and educating future generations about this pivotal era in American history.

    The updated database will be made public before a tribute game to the Negro Leagues on June 20, where the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will pay homage to these trailblazing players. The inclusion of Negro League records has also led to notable changes in the stats of players like Willie Mays, Minnie Minoso, and Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

    Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, expressed gratitude for the recognition of the Negro Leagues’ significance in baseball history. This groundbreaking update marks a major milestone in the sport and ensures that the legacy of these players will be remembered for generations to come.