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Ozzie Guillen sounds off on baseball's treatment of players

Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen spoke his mind again Sunday...and this time he wasn't haranguing his players or umpires or any of the usual suspects. He spoke about what he perceives to be a disadvantage for Spanish-speaking players in the Major League Baseball. Specifically, he cited the availability of translators for Japanese players.
"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?" Guillen said Sunday. "Don't take this wrong, but 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. Good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."
Howard Bryant, ESPN columnist, NPR contributor, former Washington Post Redskins reporter and author of "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron", thinks that Guillen has a point. "Used to love Ozzie Guillen, now I looooove him," Bryant tweeted. "Japanese players=huge financial investment. Latino players=low risk speculation. Cash rules." Bryant (a former Boston Herald columnist who speaks Spanish) also thinks the media bears some responsibility here. "2002 NYY fired Orlando Hernandez's translator, saying he "had been here long enough to speak English." Hideo Nomo 12 MLB years w/translator. ... Nuestra culpa, tambien. Writers guilty, too. How do you cover a beat where you can't speak to 30 percent of your sources in their language? ... Mo Rivera excellent on this subject: says Latinos MUST speak english to represent themselves in US, but journos should try to learn espanol." Guillen also said he's alone in teaching Latinos about banned drugs.
"I'm the only one to teach the Latinos about not to use," he said. "I'm the only one and Major League Baseball doesn't [care]. All they care about -- how many times I argue with the umpires, what I say to the media. But I'm the only one in baseball to come up to the Latino kids and say not to use this and I don't get any credit for that.
"They look at you and they say, 'Good for you Ozzie,' " he said. "Ozzie said it, don't worry about it. If somebody else said it they would be playing that [stuff] every day on the jumbotron. ... I'm the only one that came up with that idea. I did it for the Latino kids. ... I want to help those kids."
Memphis to Big East? The buzz from SB Nation, via a Kentucky radio station and Twitter, has Memphis joining the Big East on Tuesday. Admittedly, it did seem as if something was afoot when the school hired former Big East commish Mike Tranghese as a consultant. E.J. Henderson's road back: Only last December, Minnesota linebacker E.J. Henderson suffered a gruesome, Theismann-esque leg injury in a game against Arizona. (If you don't remember the video of his femur breaking, surely you remember the touching scene with his brother and Vikings teammate, Erin Henderson, holding his hand as he was carted off the field.) It seemed that, like Theismann, E.J. Henderson might never play in the NFL again. But less than eight months after his leg snapped, the former Maryland player is in the Minnesota Vikings' training camp and hopes to be in the starting lineup when the Vikings play the Saints in the NFL season opener Sept. 9. Miss Iowa and the Captain: Katherine Connors, aka Miss Iowa, was in town Friday night and Miss Chatter (Cathy Taylor) has the photographic evidence of the first pitch she threw at the Nats' game, along with her introduction to Miguel "Low-Budget Vin Diesel" Batista. Lost in the excitement was the appearance of Captain Morgan, who, like Four-Leaf Tayback, has hands and not hooks. More McNabb? Mike Wise writes that it's time to finalize a new deal for Donovan McNabb. I'm thinking Redskins fans might not be so sure, given history and all. It's August, you'll watch: Fat dudes drive tiny race cars. From Jalopnik, via Deadspin and not remotely like the Shriners. It's the undead you have to worry about: Kris Jenkins on why he opted not to have a cadaver ligament used in his ACL reconstruction last year (via @BobGlauber of Newsday): "I don't trust dead people." He chose to have a graft from his hamstring; most players go the cadaver route. Hey, there's the promise of a lengthy holdout! And it has nothing to do with the Redskins. Darrelle Revis of the Jets has no plans to report to training camp any time soon and Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead tells us when we should start to worry about this affecting the Jets' Super Bowl plans. For now, it may just be enough that it will affect "Hard Knocks."
Favorite from last week B.T.B. (before the blog): What if Vinny Cerrato had never left the Redskins? Brian Murphy tripped out on SB Nation. Rehashing Strasmas: I thought we settled this, but USA Today, um, today asks if the Nats are doing the right thing with Stephen Strasburg. Leah Siegel remembered: ESPN producer Leah Siegel, a D.C. native, died last week after a battle with breast cancer. Jamie Thompson wrote of her struggle and final days in the Dallas Morning News. Take a coffee break: Another day, another conditioning test for Albert Haynesworth. Frankly, you're dealing with a lot of stuff. Tell the Bobs you need a little me time and join Tracee Hamilton for her First Things First chat at 9:30 a.m.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 2, 2010; 6:15 AM ET
Categories:  MLB , NFL , Nationals  
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