Ozzie Guillen: Asian Players Treated Better Than Latino Players

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CHICAGO — White Sox manager
Ozzie Guillen
thinks Asian players are given privileges in the United
States that Latinos are not afforded.

In his latest rant, the outspoken
Guillen also said he's the "only one" in baseball teaching young
players from Latin America to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs
and that Major League Baseball doesn't care about that.

He said MLB only cares about how often he argues with umpires and what he says to the media.

Guillen said it's unfair that
Japanese players are assigned translators when they come to the U.S. to
play pro ball, but Latinos are not.

"Very bad. I say, why do we have
Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one. I always say
that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?" Guillen said Sunday
before Chicago played the Oakland Athletics. "Don't take this wrong,
but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are
very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a
Dominican kid … go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And
it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But
that's the way it is."

Guillen, who is from Venezuela,
said when he went to see his son, Oney, in Class-A, the team had a
translator for a Korean prospect who "made more money than the players."

"And we had 17 Latinos and you
know who the interpreter was? Oney. Why is that? Because we have Latino
coaches? Because here he is? Why? I don't have the answer," Guillen
said. "We're in the United States, we don't have to bring any coaches
that speak Spanish to help anybody. You choose to come to this country
and you better speak English.

"It's just not the White Sox,
it's baseball," he added. "We have a pitching coach that is Latino, but
the pitching coach can't talk about hitting with a Latino guy and that's
the way it is and we have to overcome all those (obstacles). You know
why? Because we're hungry, we grow up the right way, we come here to
compete."

Guillen said young prospects in Latin America are being influenced to use performance-enhancing drugs.

"It's somebody behind the scene
making money out of those kids and telling them to take something
they're not supposed to," Guillen said. "If you tell me, you take this
… you're going to be Vladimir Guerrero, you're going to be Miguel
Cabrera
, you're going to be this guy … I'll do it. Because I have
seven brothers that sleep in the same room. I have to take care of my
mother, my dad. … Out of this I'm going to make money to make them
better."

Guillen said he's trying to educate players from Latin America about steroids and other banned drugs.

"I'm the only one to teach the
Latinos about not to use," he said. "I'm the only one and Major League
Baseball doesn't (care). All they care about – how many times I argue
with the umpires, what I say to the media. But I'm the only one in
baseball to come up to the Latino kids and say not to use this and I
don't get any credit for that.

"They look at you and they say,
`Good for you Ozzie,'" he said. "Ozzie said it, don't worry about it. If
somebody else said it they would be playing that (stuff) every day on
the jumbotron. … I'm the only one that came up with that idea. I did
it for the Latino kids. … I want to help those kids."

Guillen also said players from
Latin America are considered too old to sign if they're past 16 or 17,
yet college prospects from the U.S. are often signed at age 22 or 23.

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