(AFP) – Aug 1, 2010
CHICAGO — Major League Baseball players from Asia receive superior treatment to those from Latin America, according to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, a native of Venezuela who spoke out on Sunday.
Guillen called it unfair that Japanese players who come to Major League Baseball clubs are assigned translators when they come to play in North America but Latin Americans receive no such help in coping with the English language.
"Very bad," Guillen said. "I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one? I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?"
"They take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid ... go to the minor leagues. Good luck.
"And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."
Guillen said he went to see his son Oney play for a minor-league club three levels below the majors leagues and his team had a translator for a Korean player who "made more money than the players."
"We had 17 Latinos and you know who the interpreter was? Oney," Guillen said. "Why is that? Because we have Latino coaches? Because here he is? Why? I don't have the answer.
"We're in the United States. We don't have to bring any coaches that speak Spanish to help anybody. You choose to come to this country and you better speak English.
"It's just not the White Sox. It's baseball. We have a pitching coach that is Latino, but the pitching coach can't talk about hitting with a Latino guy and that's the way it is and we have to overcome. Why? Because we're hungry.
"We grow up the right way. We come here to compete."
Guillen also said Latin American prospects are being influenced to take performance-enhancing drugs and often do it to try and escape poverty.
"It's somebody behind the scene making money out of those kids and telling them to take something they're not supposed to," Guillen said.
"If you tell me to take this ... you're going to be this guy ... I'll do it. Because I have seven brothers that sleep in the same room. I have to take care of my mother, my dad. Out of this I'm going to make money to make them better."
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