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MLB will now classify Negro League statistics as 'Major League'


2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and MLB told The Ringer in August that they had "at last begun to study the case for a Major League designation" of Negro League stats and what would go into that process. Now, in December, that process is officially underway.

“All of us who love baseball have long known that the Negro Leagues produced many of our game's best players, innovations and triumphs against a backdrop of injustice," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "We are now grateful to count the players of the Negro Leagues where they belong: as Major Leaguers within the official historical record."

Based on the Negro League stats that Baseball Reference has available, Paige's 28-31 career record would become 174-95. Josh Gibson, who never had a chance to play in the Major Leagues before passing away from a stroke he suffered in 1947 at age 35, will go from zero career Major League home runs to 113 home runs, according to stats available from the National Baseball Hall of Fame's official website.

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