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Twelve-time All-Star Dave Winfield joins FOXSports.com to talk about the Padres strong start, African-Americans in MLB and much more.
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I -- Darryl Brock Dave Winfield played 22 seasons in the major leagues he was elected the Baseball Hall of Fame back in 2001. Davis currently executive vice president of the San Diego Padres right now. Pleased to be joined by the hall of Famer Dave thanks for being here first -- let's begin with your own Padres -- they have surprised a lot of people this year great start for San Diego. Tell me honestly have they surprised few as well. A little bit but not as much as one might think because. I've seen this is the April was the fifth winning month seven. That the partners that had only two bad months last year record didn't indicate how well it plays but they came on strong in the in there doing well now. There -- under. Let's say they're they're not paid like the Boston of the New -- but did the young kids are playing very well great it's and so. For -- no stranger to the Midsummer Classic a twelve time All-Star yourself in baseball just announce some changes to the All-Star game. Rosters being expanded out to 34 players. Telling you think the additional players will be kind of kind of watered down the honor being selected in the game. No not at all in the in one -- people could look at it like the guys make millions of dollars what is going to be All-Star game me. But it's a privilege to play a Major League Baseball when you or your way onto an All-Star team in your plane. You're considered the best of the game everybody's not gonna make all -- more. And out all of them have great careers and -- win championships. But to make an All-Star team. -- to really proud of that in the game means a lot. For a while they lost it the guys that what it's just exhibition of everything the commissioners that are right now. They had to add the element that. Who ever wins its home field advantage in the World Series so kind of forced to guys where are we didn't just own pride dignity. Trash talk in the ability. You know but. It's changed a little bit. Another topic being talked about in baseball a lot of report out this week about the declining numbers of African American players in the major leagues. Black players now make up -- 9%. Of all rosters it is this alarming to -- Well it's it's somewhat alarming patents aggregate Americans and some people who really love the game it's there were some of these really good athletes going. It's again I won't call it a problem it's just each grand. Because society is changed there is I I say there's three season have been involved in competition continuity and cost. It is for a person come and go from -- urban area. The cost than these you know that is all these things have been thrown into the mix and so Irvin. And the black and poor kids are playing in his much of that is. -- the way you know that's just one of the trends that we're dealing. David you've held a lot of different positions Major League Baseball but let's say can make you commissioner for a day. What's the first thing under on your general what's one thing you would change. What can -- for more news. Are you hit it here. One thing I would. You know there's only I would probably. I do two things -- majors. Here's here's the best one. I would forward -- even better relationship. Between players and owners so that. When we reached the public we're just gonna ensure. That we promote the game to its highest level. And that people once again adore and respect. Our players as number one role models in this country. I just get a better relationship and I think we can market in and position in the game just a little bit better so it so can again. Be calm and stay in noble want cross country. Got some ideas. Yes finally Dave -- netting a part of the answers for care program committee tells on the will listen Ask.com. Has you know invited me to -- chairperson. What they call it Ask.com. Answers for the cure it's a campaign to get everybody in this country. Involved in the campaign of fight against breast cancer. And I just I just have to tell you this go to www. Ask. Dot com. -- -- For the cure. You go to that website you -- all kinds of answers and you can ask any question. About breast cancer -- one and -- women are going to be faced with a at some point in their life. It's personal to me my mother had breast cancer she passed away from it. -- it actually is what better tribute today is a third of -- were -- in this off all season may fourth would have been her birthday. And mothers' -- this coming weekend so if people go to the website as dot com backside for the cure. And they can find a way to contribute are -- involved. Beat this last year they got two million more people involved in the campaign. Now with the spokesperson. Let me get a couple more. Appreciate the opportunity you talk to you rest of the country about it. All right one of the greats Dave Winfield thanks lot for your time and don't forget foxsports.com has you covered. For all you baseball needs a -- to Brock will see you next.