Bill Michaels

Language Can't Be A Barrier

Bill Michaels
June 06, 2017 - 9:05 pm
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Should players who come from other countries, to the United States. to play professional sports, be forced to learn the language? That’s a recent discussion when it comes to baseball and some foreign players. Phillies CF Odubel Herrera and Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka both have very little understanding of the English language and thus when on the field, they require translators to accompany the coaches. Boston Red Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy has a problem with that. On Tuesday Remy said in regard to Tanaka, “I think it should be illegal. Learn baseball language. Learn — it’s pretty simple. You break it down pretty easy between pitching coach and pitcher after a long period of time.” Phillies Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt, has apologized for stating that the team couldn’t build around the talented outfielder Herrera because he can’t relate to his teammates. I can’t think of any reason why translators could not be used in professional sports other than our own arrogant, old school, antiquated bigotry.
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