Always outspoken , Ozzie Guillen says he is the only person concerned with the use of performance enhancing drugs in Latin America, and disagrees strongly with the fact that translators are not provided for young recruits from Latin America like they are for other non-English speaking athletes.
``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.
``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.”
Major League Baseball spokesperson Rich Levin points out that the league has increased testing in the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues and devoted staff to PED education.