Sports With Littlefield: The Language Of Baseball

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Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, during Tuesday's Sox game against the New York Yankees, said language interpreters should not be allowed on the pitcher's mound during MLB games. The comments came after Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who is from Japan, had an interpreter as well as his pitching coach conference with him on the pitching mound.

"Learn baseball language. It’s pretty simple," said Remy. "You break it down pretty easy between pitching coach and pitcher after a long period of time."

New England Sports Network apologized for Remy's comments, saying the network "does not agree with any such views expressed by Jerry Remy and we know from talking to Jerry that he regrets making them.”

These comment comes within days of MLB legend and sports broadcaster Mike Schmidt apologizing for saying Spanish-speaking Philadelphia Phillies player Obubel Herrera could not be a team-leader because of a language barrier.


Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

This segment aired on June 7, 2017.



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