DALLAS — In his annual state-of-the-game address at the winter baseball meetings here Monday, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth described 1987 as a year of progress in all areas, including equal employment opportunity.
"We're doing a good job, we just need more time," Ueberroth said of the minority hiring program.
He cited a variety of statistics. Among them:
--The number of minority employees in front-office positions has increased 400% since April, when Al Campanis, then vice president of player personnel for the Dodgers, appeared on the television show, "Nightline," and said blacks lacked the necessities to manage in the major leagues.
--Of the 1,500 front-office jobs, 10% are held by minorities, including 600 women.
--Of the major leagues' 1,300 managers, coaches, trainers, instructors and scouts, 230 are held by minorities.
Ueberroth said there is an obvious need to address the absence of a minority manager and predicted it would happen. He also said there has been an imbalance favoring the employment of blacks over Latins, which also needs to be corrected.
"At the same time, baseball should never deal in tokenism," he said. "It should never hire anyone it doesn't believe in. We should always hire only the best people."