Skip to comments.Phillies players say Spanish translator is clutch for team
Posted on 09/25/2017 6:08:48 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
Baseball's popularity in Latin America has swelled the number of Spanish-speaking players to nearly 30 percent, MLB statistics show. That's a far cry from the post-World War II era when only 1 percent of players primarily spoke Spanish, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. By the late 1990s, the language barrier had become such a problem that MLB started offering classes in English as a second language in 1997, with the teams' covering the costs. Those classes are ongoing.
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One could say the same thing about players from east Asia.
A simple solution to this would to mandatory Spanish for all English speaking citizens.
As well as cultural sensitivity lessons.
Oh, and starting this day forward you will get paid in pesos.
Joe Morgan, the former baseball player, was asked about this topic maybe 10 years ago. He said that when he (or others) played winter ball in Venezuela or whatever country, no English translators awaited. He said it would benefit players coming to America to learn English, it unites us. Peter Gammons, the liberal scribe, disagreed.
Translator: he said, “please, don’t kill me”
“Baseball been berry berry good to me!”
If I were going to live and work in a country with a language I did not know, I would certainly make strenuous efforts to learn the language. It is incredible that people think they should come here and be accommodated in Spanish.
I would be hard-pressed to name a latino MLB player who did not eventually learn English if they did not know it before. It does not happen automatically & meanwhile there are millions of dollars & victories on the line.
I would have rather heard Joe Morgan do color commentating in Spanish, even if he does not know the language. He was horrible.
There are loads of them who have been here for years and speak less English than I have learned of some other languages in a couple of months. I see them interviewed sometimes and it is ridiculous.
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