Torii Hunter has stolen home three times in his career, including twice during his eight full seasons with the Twins. But he's never been able to pay homage to Jackie Robinson - who swiped home 19 times in his career - with a steal of home on April 15, the anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop broke baseball's color barrier.

"It just doesn't work out," Hunter joked.

But compared with the way he'd really like to honor Robinson - by steering more African-American kids down the path blazed by Robinson 65 years ago this Sunday - Hunter might have an easier time swiping home.

Major League Baseball has yet to release its numbers for 2012, but the game has seen a dwindling number of black players for more than 20 years. Just 8.5 percent of players on 2011 Opening Day rosters were black, half the percentage it was when baseball began studying the demographics of Opening Day rosters in 1990.