Anulan Home Run a Realmuto por rebasar a Marcell Ozuna

J.T. Realmuto Catcher Miami Marlins
Mayo 13, 2016

Anulan Home Run

Anulan Home Run: Deportes

Un cuadrangular conectado por JT Realmuto de los Marlins fue anulado tras rebasar a su compañero Marcell Ozuna en el giro por la primera base ante Milwaukee.

El batazo de Realmuto impactó la escultura de cadrangulares en el jardin central. El dominicano, quien estaba en primera base, regreso a la base pensando que la iban a capturer pero Realmuto le superó en el trote.

El umpire no se percató del despiste pero el manager de los Brewers Craig Counsell salio a reclamar en contra del home run de dos carreras y la jugada fue anulada.

Realmuto fue acreditado con un hit y una Carrera impulsada y fue decretado out en segunda base, mientras que Ozuna anotó para darle la ventaja a Miami 1-0.

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Bryce Harper Expulsado del Juego ante los los Tigers

Mayo 11, 2016

Bryce Harper Expulsado

BRYCE HARPER EXPULSADO: NOTICIA DEPORTIVA

El estelar Jardinero de los Washington Nationals Bryce Harper continua teniendo problemas de actitud y puede ser suspendido por regresar al terrenos de juego y gritarle a un árbitro luego de ser expulsado del juego.

Las acciones de Harper ocurrieron cuando el equipo estaba celebrando su victoria de 5-4 cuando Clint Robinson conectó cuadrangular para dejar en el terreno a Detroit. La expulsión vino en le novena entrada cuando Harper discutió bolas y strikes con el arbitro. Luego de ganar, harper salió a celebrar y le hizo unas expresiones al arbitro y no se disculpo por su comportamiento.

Bryce Harper le gritó al arbitro “F*** You”. Harper dijo luego del encuentro: “Que él escuche lo que tengo que decirle. Que lo siga escuchando. ¿Y qué?.

Bryce Harper se ha caracterizado por tener problemas de actitud, pese a su gran talento, el jugador a demostrado poco control de su temperamento lo que le ha dado muchos problemas en su estadía en la MLB.

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Puerto Rico games decision imminent says MLB Commissioner

Puerto Rico games decision imminent: Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates will find out within the next few days if they will play in Puerto Rico. Sports Live.
May 6, 2016

Puerto Rico games decision imminent

The Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates will find out within the next few days if they will play in Puerto Rico this month.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that the announcement on whether the two-game series will be moved because of concerns about the Zika virus will be made Friday or Monday “at the latest.”

The teams are scheduled to play May 30-31 in San Juan to celebrate Roberto Clemente Day, a league-wide tribute honoring the late Pirates Hall of Famer and Puerto Rico native. But with players on both sides expressing concern about Zika, the games might be moved to Miami since the Marlins are the designated home team.

“We are in the process of still having discussions with a variety of interested parties, mostly outside the game … before we make a final decision and announcement,” Manfred said in Chicago before Thursday’s game between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

U.S. health officials say Puerto Rico is the front lines of the nation’s battle with Zika.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, where infants are born with unusually small heads. The virus is most often spread by mosquito bites, but it also can be spread through sexual intercourse.

Manfred said he also expects a decision soon on suspended Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes, echoing comments he made last month. Three weeks ago, a Hawaii judge approved dismissing a domestic abuse charge stemming from an Oct. 31 incident with his wife at a Maui resort. But the judge gave prosecutors about two years to refile charges if Reyes’ wife cooperates — something she has not been doing.

Reyes was suspended with pay under baseball’s new domestic abuse policy, an action Manfred took just before the shortstop was to report to spring training.

A four-time time All-Star, Reyes has been accruing his $22 million salary. If the punishment becomes an unpaid suspension, he has the right to offset the time served against the penalty, but must repay any salary he received during the paid suspension.

“I think that we are in the home stretch on the Reyes case,” Manfred said.

Manfred touched on a variety of subjects during his session with reporters.

He said baseball needs to increase its social media presence to build a broader audience particularly among youngsters.

“We understand that baseball, to move forward with the next generation, needs to make our game available to give our fans an opportunity to engage with our game on a variety of platforms,” Manfred said. “I think you can criticize us for having been a little slow in that regard. Even this season, you’ve seen us undertake a number of initiatives, new partnerships — I point in particular to the Snapchat page that we did during spring training. I think that is indicative of a desire of Major League Baseball to increase that fan engagement on those variety of platforms.”

He said it was “a really unfortunate circumstance” that Cubs ace and NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta felt he had to defend himself late last month against rumors he is using performance-enhancing drugs.

“You can’t tell who’s using performance enhancing drugs by things based on things like personal experience, outstanding performance — they’re just not accurate predictors,” Manfred said. “If someone is using performance enhancing drugs, our testing program is the one sure way to know that is happening.”

Manfred had high praise for retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, calling Big Papi a “great ambassador for the game.”

“He’s one of those individuals who has an engaging smile that he wears most of the time,” Manfred said. “Those are the kinds of athletes that I know people in Boston have come to love.”

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Cubs sweep Pirates, go to MLB-best 20-6

Cubs sweep Pirates: The Cubs have won seven straight road games and completed their first sweep in Pittsburgh since Sept. 7-9, 2012. Sports Live.
May 5, 2016

Cubs sweep Pirates

The Chicago Cubs are threatening to run away with the NL Central.

Ben Zobrist hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester worked out of a pair of jams to lead the Cubs over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

With its seventh win in eight games, Chicago improved to a major league-best 20-6. The Cubs have won seven straight road games and completed their first sweep in Pittsburgh since Sept. 7-9, 2012. They lead the division by six games.

”We pitched really well in this series. We’ve been doing that the whole year,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ”And the offense was good again. But the part that permits the offense to get into the flow of the game is the pitching’s been so good. That we are able to stay even or most of the times on top of the other side.

”Offensively we keep having good at bats over the course of the game and then have a chance to work people down by the end. That’s pretty much been the roadmap to this point.”

Zobrist’s third-inning homer put Chicago ahead after center fielder Andrew McCutchen dropped Rizzo’s two-out liner for an error.

Lester (3-1) scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two. The left-hander has allowed one run or none in five of six starts this season.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the fourth and put runners on first and second in the fifth – both times with no outs. The Pirates have lost four straight following a six-game winning streak.

”It says a lot about pitch execution because Johnny got in some jams and was able to pitch out of it, which was really nice to see,” Cubs catcher David Ross said. ”He’s done that a couple times here lately.”

Rizzo doubled and scored on Javier Baez’s fifth-inning double and hit his ninth home run of the season in the seventh off Ryan Vogelsong. He had three hits, scored three times and finished the series with five doubles and the home run.

Baez also had three of the Cubs’ 12 hits and drove in the game’s final run with an RBI forceout in the ninth. Addison Russell added two hits and Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce had a two-run homer in the seventh against Adam Warren. Three of his four home runs have come as a pinch hitter.

Juan Nicasio (3-3) had won his first three home starts after being signed as a free agent, allowed four runs – one earned – eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Pittsburgh got two hits each from McCutchen, David Freese and Josh Harrison. McCutchen had gone 2 for 19 in his previous five games.

”We had our chances but we didn’t capitalize on them,” Harrison said. ”It’s disappointing to get swept but we’re good about getting past things. We came in, took a shower and now we’re moving on.”

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Justin Verlander Engaged to Kate Upton

Justin Verlander Engaged: Kate Upton’s Old Hollywood Glamour-inspired gown was upstaged by her engagement bling as she arrived at Met Gala. Sports News.
May 3, 2016

Justin Verlander Engaged

The sparkle of Kate Upton’s Old Hollywood Glamour-inspired gown was upstaged by her engagement bling as she arrived at Monday’s Met Gala.

The 23-year-old actress and model revealed her engagement to Justin Verlander with a stunning rock designed by the Detroit Tigers pitcher, himself.

Upton’s rep confirmed the engagement to ET. The 33-year-old baseball player popped the question more than two months ago, with the couple keeping their upcoming nuptials on the down low — they haven’t even set a date yet!

But the cat’s officially out of the bag! Running her fingers through her hair, Upton flaunted her the gorgeous ring while talking to ET on the Met Gala red carpet, wearing a Topshop gown.

“I got my dress inspiration from the new Batman v Superman,” she said. “Wonder Woman, because her accessories are powerful, and so I thought in today’s world, technology is our accessory.”

Upton also braved a new do for the glitzy event.

“I cut my hair right before… a good amount,” she shared. “I had so much anxiety cutting my hair, but it grows back!”

The lovebirds met while filming a commercial for MLB 2K12 and have reportedly been dating on-and-off for three years. Upton just gushed about the baseballer while chatting with us in January.

“We’re really happy right now and just continuing being happy,” she told us.

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Struggling Braves accidently call up a player who’s not eligible

Struggling Braves: The Atlanta Braves are off to a major-league worst 5-18 start entering Sunday's game against the Cubs. Sports Online.
May 2, 2016

Struggling Braves

The Atlanta Braves are off to a major-league worst 5-18 start entering Sunday’s game against the Cubs. So the Braves were looking for a spark from the minor leagues after sending down right-hander Chris Withrow.

Veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio looked to be the logical choice, hitting .333 at Triple-A Gwinnett. Sounds simple enough? One problem though –€“ Bonifacio was not eligible to be called up until May 7.

Atlanta released Bonifacio from his major-league deal April 6 then re-signed him to a minor-league contract four days later. The Braves have to wait until May 7 to call him back up — 30 days after he was initially cut.

“It’s sort of a convoluted rule from MLB,” Braves assistant general manager Billy Ryan told Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

“I’ve never seen a guy get released from a big league deal, re-sign with the same team and end up in the big leagues a month later. It’s kind of out of the ordinary.”

The mix-up actually hurt the Braves depth Sunday, because Winthrow left Chicago before this technicality was revealed, and the team didn’t have enough time to bring a player to replace him.

It’s just been that kind of season for the Braves.

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David Price struggles continue, especially at Fenway Park

David Price struggles continue: The root of David Price's problems through the first month of the season can be summed up quite succinctly. Sports News.
May 2, 2016

David Price struggles continue

The root of David Price’s problems through the first month of the season can be summed up quite succinctly.

Location, location, location.

There’s the location of some of Price’s worst pitches, like the belt-high fastball over the heart of the plate that Alex Rodriguez crushed for a two-run home run in the third inning Sunday night or the nearly identical pitch that Rodriguez hit off the wall in left-center field for a two-run double in the fifth.

And then there’s the location where Price makes the majority of his starts: 4 Yawkey Way — Fenway Park, to be exact — home of the Boston Red Sox and a ballpark where the ace left-hander almost always had success as a visitor with the Tampa Bay Rays. In fact, of all the reasons the Red Sox had to sign Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, his 1.95 ERA and .186 batting average against in 11 career starts at Fenway was near the top of the list.

So, as surprising as it is to see Price with a 6.14 ERA through five starts, the fact he has allowed 21 runs in 22 2/3 innings at home is downright stunning.

Although he was credited with the win Sunday night in a sweep-clinching 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees that pushed the Red Sox into sole possession of first place in the American League East, they won in spite of Price, who served up six runs on eight hits in seven innings and forced the offense to come from behind with Travis Shaw’s game-tying, two-run homer in the fifth inning and Christian Vazquez’s decisive two-run blast off flame-throwing reliever Dellin Betances in the seventh.

After years of seeing Price dominate the Red Sox at Fenway, manager John Farrell is as mystified as anyone else.

“I don’t know if he’s feeling like he’s got to overthrow,” Farrell said after the Sox completed their first sweep of the Yankees since April 13-15, 2013, “but the pitches are elevated a little more than we’re accustomed to seeing.”

It wasn’t only Sunday night either. Price gave up five runs in five innings against the Baltimore Orioles in the Fenway opener on April 11 and eight runs in only 3 2/3 innings on April 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays. His two best starts have come on the road — in Cleveland, where he allowed two runs in six innings on Opening Day, and in Atlanta, where he gave up two runs in eight innings and matched his career high with 14 strikeouts last Tuesday night.

Opponents are 27-for-93 (.290) with four home runs against Price at home, 11-for-52 (.212) with no homers against him on the road.

Spotting a trend?

“No,” Price insisted, “just execution. I haven’t executed in this ballpark as well as I know I’m capable of. That’s frustrating. But it’s something I can fix.”

Price is as calm and relaxed as it gets in front of television cameras, his voice almost sing-song in its serenity. But in the event that he’s falling prey to a rush of adrenaline on the mound that has caused him to overthrow in front of the home crowd, Farrell made sure to settle him down before his last showdown with Rodriguez in the seventh inning. With the game tied and Price’s pitch count inching toward 100, Farrell trotted to the mound, had a brief conversation, then left his ace in the game.

“He just asked me if I was going to make three good pitches in that situation, and I told him, ‘absolutely,'” Price said. “I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy who hit the ball against me well twice that night. So, it’s good.”

Said Farrell: “Just wanted to check with him. We had Taz [reliever Junichi Tazawa] ready, but for a starting pitcher to work for those days in between each start, we’re in a tie ballgame, he had every right to go out for that seventh [inning]. In that spot, wanted to give him an opportunity to win, and you know what, it worked out.”

Farrell almost certainly wouldn’t have given that much rope to any of his other starters. Price, of course, has earned it with what he has done over the years.

But a few lights-out starts at home would go a long way toward building even more confidence from the Fenway crowd, which hasn’t seen Price at his best yet this season.

“I think when you look at his body of work to date in this ballpark,” Farrell said, “there’s been more pitches elevated than we’ve typically seen, even on the road.”

Location, location, location. In his new home, Price’s can only get better.

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Marlins Dee Gordon suspended 80 games after PEDs violation

Marlins Dee Gordon suspended: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay, effective immediately. Sports Live.
April 29, 2016

Marlins Dee Gordon suspended

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games without pay, effective immediately, for violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the league said early Friday.

The speedy second baseman tested positive for the performance-enhancing substances exogenous testosterone and clostebol, MLB said. A league source told ESPN’s Jayson Stark that Gordon tested positive during spring training.

In a statement Friday, Gordon said he did not knowingly take PEDs but was accepting the suspension.

“Though I did not do so knowingly, I have been informed that test results showed I ingested something that contained prohibited substances. The hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization and the fans,” Gordon said. “I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20+ tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I made a mistake and I accept the consequences.”

The league source told Stark that Gordon initially fought the suspension but dropped an appeal after Thursday’s win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gordon, 28, is in his sixth season in the majors. He will lose about $1.65 million in salary during the suspension and is ineligible for the postseason.

The suspension comes for Gordon after he won the NL batting title in 2015, when he hit .333 with 58 steals and 88 runs scored for the Marlins. He was given a diamond-filled pendant by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on April 19 to honor last season’s batting title.

It also comes in the first season of Barry Bonds’ tenure as Marlins hitting coach. Bonds’ legacy has been tainted by questions of PED use as a player.

The news was announced soon after the Marlins wrapped up a 5-3 road victory, which completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers. Gordon had a key hit from the leadoff spot and went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Despite the sweep, the Marlins’ clubhouse was masked by hushed tones.

Third baseman Martin Prado said the Marlins would continue to play at a high level.

“I really have nothing else to say,” Prado said, according to the Miami Herald. “We had a great series, and we played good baseball, the whole team. We have to continue to do that. We have a game tomorrow, and we’re going to play good baseball against a pretty good team, and we want to keep that streak going.”

Marlins manager Don Mattingly managed Gordon during his first three big league seasons in Los Angeles before he was traded to Miami in a seven-player deal in December 2014. Mattingly took over as Marlins manager prior to this season.

“These guys love Dee, and we’re going to support him,” Mattingly said. “I feel like Dee’s one of my kids, to be honest with you, because I’ve known him so long. So we’re going to love him, and then we’re going to support him. He’s been a big part of the success that we’ve had.”

Gordon signed a five-year, $50 million deal with Miami in January. The son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, he has made two All-Star teams and won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards at second base last year. He is batting .266 with six stolen bases this season.

“Dee Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him,” Marlins president David Samson said. “That said, I don’t like or condone what he did. He is an important member of this organization and will be for many years to come. It’s a huge, huge disappointment to the kids, to our fans, to his teammates and to everyone in our organization every single day.

“He will be back 80 games from now, and he will be welcomed back to this organization. But in the interim period, we expect him and we are positive that he will do everything that’s necessary to make it up to his fans, to his teammates and to this organization.”

Though the sequence of events surrounding the suspension were uncertain, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was quick to react via Twitter and say that if players test positive for PEDs, they shouldn’t play.

“You shouldn’t be allowed to [affect] games while appealing,” Verlander said.

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Astros Carlos Gomez breaks bat after striking out

Astros Carlos Gomez breaks bat: On Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, Gomez expressed his frustration by taking it out on his bat.
April 25, 2016

Astros Carlos Gomez breaks bat

Carlos Gomez is a fiery player. He was with the Milwaukee Brewers, and he still is with the Houston Astros. That’s not necessarily a bad trait, and it certainly gets him plenty of attention.

On Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, Gomez expressed his frustration by taking it out on his bat. Rather than slamming it to the ground, the Astros outfielder snapped it over his knee, which isn’t all that easy to do.

This move comes just two weeks after Gomez showed off the angriest of bat flips in baseball this season after flying out to left field.

Needless to say, Gomez doesn’t have a great relationship with his bats. Or any inanimate objects, for that matter.

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MLB translators a long-awaited boon for Spanish-speaking players

MLB translators: Raisel Iglesias now has a better way to share his gregarious personality with his Cincinnati Reds teammates.
April 22, 2016

MLB translators

Raisel Iglesias now has a better way to share his gregarious personality with his Cincinnati Reds teammates. Aroldis Chapman may exchange fishing stories with Andrew Miller, the reliever he’s supposed to replace as the New York Yankees closer. Henderson Alvarez can more clearly express to the news media how soon he might be ready to join the Oakland Athletics’ rotation.

These are but a few examples of the benefits Latin American players have garnered from the newly imposed requirement that every Major League Baseball team have a Spanish-language translator.

With nearly 24% of the players on this year’s Opening Day rosters and disabled lists hailing from countries where Spanish is the dominant language, the implementation of the translator program has drawn overwhelmingly favorable reviews – and questions of why it took so long.

“What we’ve heard is a lot of positive feedback,’’ said Omar Minaya, a senior advisor to players association head Tony Clark. “A lot of the veteran players have said, ‘Boy, I wish I had that when I was coming up.’’’

Los Angeles Angels infielder Yunel Escobar is among those who feel that way. Now playing for his fifth club in 10 seasons, the Cuba native clashed with manager Bobby Cox after breaking into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 2007, and he has never developed much of a rapport with the news media.

Although he could at times lean on a bilingual teammate or coach to help him deal with the language barrier, Escobar said it was frustrating not to be able to communicate directly with those around him. He believes having a translator readily available would have made a difference.

“We would have understood each other a lot better,’’ said Escobar, who was suspended three games in 2012 after displaying a homophobic slur on his eye black. “Some players early in their careers have to keep quiet, can’t express how they feel. I think if there had been (translators) from the time I came up in 2007, we could have avoided a lot of problems.’’

The push to require teams to provide Spanish-language translators, through a program agreed to by MLB and the players association, was spearheaded by New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, a highly respected veteran with the stature to take his case to the union and get results.

Beltran was still learning English when he came up with the Kansas City Royals in 1998 at age 21, and he found himself branded an introvert because of his reluctance to talk, which he attributed to his difficulty with the language.

Like many other Latin players, Beltran noticed over the years that players from Asian countries arrived in the majors with a personal translator, sometimes even a second one for their wives. It didn’t seem like equitable treatment, and Beltran finally decided to take action after watching Dominican teammate Michael Pineda struggle to explain himself to the media after being ejected for using pine tar two years ago.

“A lot of times when you don’t speak the language well, you do an interview after a game and you want to say so many things but you’re limited in how much you can express in English. That may give off the wrong impression,’’ Beltran said.

“In my first year here (in New York, in 2014), there were three Japanese players on the team with three interpreters, and there were a lot of Latin players who did not speak English well, yet we didn’t have anybody who could relay to them information about things that were being talked about in the clubhouse.’’

The translators’ role goes well beyond helping players communicate with the media. Depending on the player’s command of English, they may convey instructions from the coaching or training staff, relate what is being said during a meeting, provide information about legal documents, help out in medical appointments and serve as a link with other players.

Miller and the Cuban-born Chapman, for example, had lockers close to each other during spring training, and translator Marlon Abreu – who moved from the Yankees’ IT department into his new duties – facilitated their exchanges.

“When you’re on a team, you want to get to know your teammates, but that’s hard to do if you don’t speak the same language,’’ said Abreu, a Dominican native who translated Chapman’s comments about the domestic-abuse case that earned him a 30-game suspension. “The game is a big part of what they do, but there are also other elements from the daily existence that help develop camaraderie and a better relationship within the team.’’

Teams have been assigned $65,000 each to pay the cost of translators, who must accompany the club on the road and also attend other events covered by the media. The need for their services varies depending on the number of Latin players and their English proficiency.

Cuban players, who were rarely exposed to English in the island and often spend little or no time in the minors, typically require help with the language.

“Having every team hire translators is a wonderful idea,’’ said the ebullient Iglesias, who has seen Cuban teammates Chapman and Brayan Pena move on to other clubs. “A translator helps you have more confidence within the organization.’’

The Reds, who previously relied on assistant trainer Tomas Vera to translate, have hired former minor-leaguer Julio Morillo as their interpreter. The Arizona Diamondbacks (Ariel Prieto) and Toronto Blue Jays (Josue Peley) also have turned to ex-players – Peley even throws batting practice – while teams like the San Francisco Giants (Erwin Higueros) and Texas Rangers (Eleno Ornelas) have handed the duties to a Spanish-language broadcaster.

But most of the new translators have been added as members of the public relations staff, and they also perform tasks such as producing Spanish-language social-media content and game notes.

Given that they’re employed by the teams, questions have arisen about whether translators would sanitize critical or insensitive comments from players to the media.

Leonor Colon, the director of player operations for the union who supervises compliance – not all teams embraced the idea of hiring translators – said they’re supposed to serve as bridges, not filters, but will encourage players to be mindful of their answers.

“The role of this person is to say exactly what the player said,’’ Colon said. “Sometimes it’s going to work in his benefit, sometimes it’s not. What we’re hoping for is this person will build a professional relationship with the player, so before the interview takes place, he or she can prep him.’’

While teams have stepped up their efforts to teach English to Latin prospects in the last several years, such instruction does not replicate the experience of facing several cameras and microphones, with reporters asking questions in a language a player may not command. Even for those who developed some English-language skills while coming up through the minors, it can be an intimidating ordeal.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia can relate, having played winter ball in the Dominican Republic, and this was long before the age of Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and all the other social media outlets available today.

Scioscia, who can communicate simple concepts in Spanish, endorses the idea of players getting help from translators.

“I think it makes sense because of how much the media has grown in the last 15 years,’’ Scioscia said. “It’s always been in New York, Los Angeles, maybe Chicago, but in a lot of cities now with social media, the players are under such a microscope. I know if I were playing or managing in Latin America today and had to speak Spanish, I would want a translator, just because the nuances of everything you say can be misunderstood or taken out of context.’’

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