Hear the words, because Ozzie is making sense
A lot of Latino major league-caliber players never make it to the major leagues because they have trouble learning English. Unfortunately, it's more common for teams to look down on a player who is reluctant to learn English. Not to mention Latino players usually make a fraction of what their Japanese counterparts are bringing in. I wouldn't call Guillen's comments a rant; I think he was just airing out his beliefs. It's time someone stood up for the Latino players. The unfair treatment of Latino players is not a league issue; it is an individual team problem. If I were running a team, I would consider the number of Latin American players who have dominated the sport and would do everything in my power to make sure they were as comfortable as possible. The payoff for taking the time to help your players adapt is priceless. If Latino players were eligible for the amateur draft, the league would be very different. Do you think Ubaldo Jimenez was treated as well as Stephen Strasburg when he first signed? Think about it: If Jimenez pitched in college in the United States like Strasburg and scouts saw his changeup at 91 mph, he would have gotten carte blanche. And people have the audacity to say there's no difference in how players are treated? They couldn't be more wrong.
John Kruk is an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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|Albert Pujols, STL||26||HOU||Bot 4: 2-2, 0 Outs. None on.||Myers|
|Mark Teixeira, NYY||22||TOR||Bot 5: 2-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Morrow|
|Adrian Beltre, BOS||18||CLE||Bot 7: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Carmona|
|Chipper Jones, ATL||8||NYM||Bot 7: 1-1, 1 Out. None on.||Santana|
|Vernon Wells, TOR||21||NYY||Top 2: 1-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Burnett|
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
MONDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTPrince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
A lot of Brewers had a good day against Cubs pitchers; after all, Milwaukee won 18-1. But Fielder led the way, going 5-for-7 with five RBIs. Ryan Braun also had five hits and Corey Hart had four. But it was Fielder who need the big day. He hadn't had an RBI since July 22, a stretch of 10 games.
WORSTRandy Wells, RHP, Cubs
Well, somebody had to give up all those runs to the Brewers. And on this day, there were plenty of culprits as the Cubs gave up 26 hits -- 22 of them singles -- in the 18-1 loss. Well started the whole miss, giving up 10 hits and seven runs in four innings.
TUESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
White Sox at Tigers, 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. ET
This is a big series for the Tigers, who enter seven behind the White Sox in the American League Central. Detroit starter Rick Porcello, who goes in the first game, has not won since May 23, going 0-5 in seven starts. Mark Buehrle, meanwhile, is coming off his best month of the season -- he went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in July.
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET
After a rough outing against the Cubs, Roy Halladay has permitted one run in his past two starts, spanning 17 innings. In those two starts, he had 18 strikeouts against just one walk. The Marlins' Sean West will be making his first start of the season.
Giants at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET
Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez is on a run of no-decisions, having strung together five since beating the Brewers on July 5. Aaron Cook's past two starts have not gone well. He's given up 15 hits and 10 runs in seven innings of work against the Pirates and Phillies.