About 40% of the Texas Rangers roster is comprised of athletes from outside the United States.
“baseball continues to grow internationally. There are talented players all over the place, all over the world. And it’s certainly something the Texas Rangers have been striving for to find players that can help us win a championship,” says Rangers Assistant General Manager, Mike Daly.
But for those players, usually still in their teens, acclimating to a new country and culture can be difficult.
Outfielder, Nomar Mazara says, “I only knew a little bit of English, so it was hard. The food is totally different. Just being here by myself I felt alone sometimes.”
Shin-Soo Choo says, “It’s not easy to leave probably any country. You’ve got 18 years used to your country and then change 180 degrees of total change. That’s not easy.”
Imagine going to work and not being able to communicate because of a language barrier
Infielder, Hanser Alberto says he just started talking to his teammates to try to learn the baseball things!
Daly explains, “We make sure we help them out with English classes. When they are out with the teams, they all have have Spanish speakers except for AAA. But by that time, most of the guys have been in the system long enough they’ve acclimated to the United States.”