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If I had known then what I know now, I would have taken Spanish in high school instead of French. It is not that I remember any of the French (I failed the course), but there are very few — if any — professional ballplayers whose native language is Francais. Even a little Español would come in handy today in covering Major League Baseball or foreign players in Nihongo-land.

There are also increased opportunities for Spanish-language interpreters to help ease communication for the substantial number of Hispanic players in the major leagues and Japan. According to a recent article by Christopher Carelli in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron, more than 28 percent of all Major League Baseball players are Latin American.

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