An edge: Spanish-speaking managers

The ability to communicate with Latino players is becoming an essential tool in MLB

Originally Published: September 19, 2012
By Hiram Martinez | ESPNdeportes.com

Editor's note: This story is available in Spanish here.

At spring training for the San Francisco Giants in 1962, recently hired manager Alvin Dark called together several of the team's Latin American players for a meeting behind second base. There, he gave an order that left them surprised, stunned and outraged.

"He told us we could not speak Spanish to each other in the clubhouse," according to Orlando Cepeda, who had been second in the voting for the National ...

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