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"We started something. Hopefully, we'll continue to grow," Floyd said. "At the same time, the guys that are in the league, or play baseball professionally, we have to do something about it."
"If it bothers you, you do something about it," he said. "We want to get out there. This is huge in terms of letting them see how great this game is."
Now in his 70s and retired, Reed is sold on the sport. He spent 40 years coaching in high school and Little League with Gooden, Sheffield, Carl Everett, Derek Bell and future stars.
Reed roots for the Rays, and planned to plop down in front of the television set to watch the World Series. With his 10-year-old grandson.
"Maybe we can get some of the other kids to come over from their porches," he said. "I think they'll like it."
Baseball took it as a positive sign that three of the last of the last four No. 1 picks in the amateur draft -- Price, Justin Upton and Tim Beckham, by Tampa Bay in June -- were black players.
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