MLB treats Latinos, Asians differently: Guillen

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, Last Updated: 5:29 PM ET

Controversy seems to follow Ozzie Guillen around like a bad smell.

The outspoken Chicago White Sox manager went on another rant Sunday, railing against his perceived differences in the way young Latino and Japanese baseball players are treated.

Guillen, a Venezuelan who broke into the major leagues when he was 19 years old, said he believes Japanese players are treated better than Latinos, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Teams hire interpreters for Japanese players while Spanish-speaking prospects are left to fend for themselves, Guillen said.

"I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don't have a Spanish one," Guillen said before the White Sox played Oakland in Chicago Sunday. "I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don't?

"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 (and say), '(Bleep) you, you go to the minor leagues, good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change."

Guillen also suggested that Major League Baseball doesn't educate Latino players on the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs or alcohol. He spends time each spring in Chicago's minor-league camp talking to young players about those types of issues.

"I'm the only one to teach the Latinos not to use (drugs)," Guillen said.

"I'm the only one, and Major League Baseball doesn't (care) about that, all they care about is 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. And they look at it and they say - 'Ozzie said it, don't worry about it.' If somebody else said it, they would be playing (it) every day on the Jumbotron."


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