In his 17 years specializing in covering the international baseball landscape, Sanchez has met many of the top 15-year-old prospects as they work out before they sign with their contracts with MLB teams at 16. The rapid pace at which many players pick up English always impresses Sanchez, but he believes there’s a common stereotype when a Spanish-speaking player’s English isn’t perfect.

“They might question their education level, or they’ll speak English really loud or really slow to them,” Sanchez said. “Players are sharp. They’re smart. Just because they don’t know English doesn’t mean they’re not intelligent.”

The importance of being able to communicate leads Sanchez to believe that Spanish is going to be taught more to English-speaking American players, coaches and staffers going forward.

“I’m not surprised to run into a guy who you would never think would speak Spanish speak perfect Spanish, because part of his job requirement is to communicate with his players,” Sanchez said. “For the players, their job requirement is to communicate with our coaches. -Jesse Sanchez, Bridging baseball's language gap, bilingual players

Carlos Sierra du club école des Astros de Houston à Corpus Christie trouve ça cool :

“That’s cool,” said Sierra, a 6-foot-3, 208-pound pitcher. “When I was playing in North Carolina, everybody speaks English and when I played in Tri-City (New York) everybody speaks English. It’s cool when you can go to Chipotle and everybody speaks Spanish there.” -Carlos Sierra, Here’s why there’s more Cubans on Corpus Christi Hooks team than ever

Peut-on imaginer un joueur de hockey capable d’avouer que c’est cool d’avoir des fans francophones?