Saturday, July 30, 2005

Habla baseball?

Heather posted a link to this story on her blog:

Little League umpires in rural Massachusetts ordering players not to speak Spanish during games? Yep. The umps said that they were concerned that coaches would use Spanish to communicate "illegal" instructions to their players. Putting aside the xenophobia that's in play here, I'm wondering how the umpires feel about the classic secret base-running and bat-swinging signs that have been standardly used by coaches and players more or less since the inception of baseball.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

poker tables in america are strictly english-only, so that everyone at the table has access to everything said, and to help prevent collusion. players could devise signals, and i'm sure they do, but it's not legal.

i don't know anything about baseball though...

11:06 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Yeah - I'm not sure I get that one. Spanish is more than welcome in MLB - I can't imagine that the communications between players and coaches on a Little League level would be any more strategically important.


8:13 PM  

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