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Carlos Gómez, 2017: Latin players need not just one [spokesperson], but our entire community must do that.
Well, when American players come to my country, or to Venezuela or Puerto Rico, most of them don't bother to learn any Spanish and many Latins wonder what they're talking about.
It works both ways, and I am pleased that many of my teammates on the San Francisco Giants have picked up a little Spanish, just as I have picked up a little English, it helps all around.
At the end of the 1963 season, only 18 players born in the Dominican Republic had played at least one game in the major leagues.
At the end of last season, close to 700 players born in the Dominican Republic had played in MLB.
Alou: Latins are different in many ways from Americans. Some Latin players find it difficult to learn any English. Some Latins find it so difficult, they just give up, and speak only Spanish. Perhaps there are a few San Francisco Giants who don't like it when we get together and speak Spanish.
They don't know what's going on and they think we are talking about them.
When that journalist wrote what he wrote, it was something like a mockery. [Studying] was not something I wanted to stop doing, but I had to stop.
And without having the academic achievements that many of the players now have, I have done pretty well in this career for so long.
Felipe Alou, 1963: The Latin players need a spokesman to stand up for them. He does have to see the conditions of these countries, face to face.
We need somebody to represent us who knows what goes on in the Latin American countries. He has to understand the economic conditions, the poverty.
I appreciate it when the American media comes and tries to speak Spanish. But when some guy comes to judge you, [I say], ' Hey, how are you pointing at me when I don't have a choice?