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Quote of the Day: "I'm tired of Angel players who don't speak English"

I'm tired of Angel players who don't speak English. At least not with a mike in from of them. This Kendry Morales ignoring our language for Spanish the way Vlad does is outrageous. This is an American team with American fans paying them American millions. Learn to speak to us without a Jose Mota dictionary, for crying out loud.

Follow hockey's lead. Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux were two French Canadians who entered the NHL knowing hardly any English. The Habs and Penguins made sure they learned it. Simple marketing. They knew their fan base spoke English, so get with the program, guys.

The Angels should do the same. So should every team in baseball, which has crashing attendance as it is. Fans want players they can relate to. It sure would help if they could understand them.

-- Bucky Fox of The Columnists.com, forgetting that, even though it's an American team with American fans paying them American millions, the players themselves are not, in fact, Americans. Fox also forgets that the team is owned by a Latino and plays in a Latino-heavy market and that, for that reason, maybe having a lot of Spanish speakers is not the unmitigated disaster he thinks it is. Finally, Fox fails to state how the ballplayers not speaking English hurts anyone other than themselves in terms of missed endorsement opportunites. Last time I checked, they were paid to hit and throw baseballs, not serve in public relations.

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