TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Major League Baseball has a new rule that allows interpreters to join managers and coaches on the mound when pitchers aren’t fluent in English.
Even though it has already been used in spring training, the rule might still need some tweaking.READ MORE: Texas Inmate Rick Rhoades Faces Execution For Fatally Stabbing Brothers 30 Years Ago
Asian players, like Yu Darvish, are routinely provided translators by their teams. But Latino players rarely receive the same benefit.
Most baseball teams don’t have a full-time Latino translator. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is among the players who say a teammate or coach should be permitted to fill that role if needed.READ MORE: North Texas Woman Whose Unborn Child Could Not Be Saved Shares Personal Abortion Story
Currently, only people who are employed full time by teams as interpreters are allowed on the field.
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