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Baseball's new Spanish-language translators already making a big difference

Monday, October 03, 2016  
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When a star baseball player speaks to the hometown media, if he came from Latin America, chances are good that there is someone standing next to him, an increasingly important member of each major league franchise, and, about whom, typically, the public knows absolutely nothing.

They are the Spanish-language translators.

The translators have added a new layer to the rank-and-file of Major League Baseball. They became mandatory in January after MLB ordered each of its 30 teams to hire them to assist a growing roster of Latino ballplayers--who now make up about 30 percent of baseball players in the major leagues.

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