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mike schmidt and jerry remy draw criticism for comments on language barrier in baseball

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mike schmidt and jerry remy draw criticism for comments on language barrier in baseball

major league baseball players who aren’t completely comfortable with the english language may be feeling a bit picked on this week, after comments by philadelphia phillies hall of famer mike schmidt and boston red sox color commentator jerry remy.during a radio interview on tuesday, schmidt was asked whether phillies center fielder odubel herrera — who is from venezuela native and uses a translator during interviews with reporters — is the type of player a team can build around.“my honest answer to that would be no,” schmidt told wip’s angelo cataldi.“first of all, it’s a language barrier. because of that, i think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five american players and talk about the game; or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game; or come over to a guy and say, ‘man, you gotta run that ball out.’ just can’t be — because of the language barrier — that kind of a player.” ”schmidt was criticized by some for his comments. cataldi defended his radio guest during an interview with the associated press.“there was absolutely no connotation of racism to what schmidt said,” cataldi said. “it was strictly a reference to herrera's language barrier. it's ridiculous the media has blown this out of proportion. if this was newsworthy, i would've known as soon as he said it.”still, by that afternoon herrera said he had received a phone call and apology from the phillies legend, who al...