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“Most guys are doing their own stuff,” he said. “Most guys are taking it upon themselves to get out there.”

Rollins agreed: “We just have to sit back and play the sport and try to find different ways to reach black players in the neighborhood and the community. But looking for baseball to help — I don’t really think that’s the answer.”

Dave Buck, the Phillies‘ senior vice president for marketing, advertising and sales, said the team has received no directive from the league to do more with Rollins and Howard.

“We don’t do anything extra because they’re African-American,” Mr. Buck said. “They’re great baseball players. No one has to show us there’s wisdom in promoting these guys.”