Salaries and Race/Ethnicity in Major League Baseball: The Pitching Component

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Wilbert M. Leonard II Illinois State University

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This study refined and extended Christiano’s recent inquiry on race and salaries in major league baseball. Instead of merely dichotomizing the independent variable into black and white, the data were trichotomized into white, black, and Hispanic categories; pitchers, because they were not studied, provided the focal point. A model of salary for pitchers was both specified and tested. Unstandardized regression coefficients (after disaggregating the units of analysis by race/ethnicity) revealed several instances of salary inequities but small ns precluded systematic testing. Hence, the verdict is still out as to whether or not the salaries of baseball pitchers varying in race/ethnicity are consistently different while holding other theoretically relevant variables constant.

Wilbert M. Leonard II is with the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761.

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