It’s an amusing, low-budget promo worth a few chuckles, but language isn't such a light topic for foreign players in everyday life. Recently, language in baseball caused controversy thanks to comments from former ballplayers Mike Schmidt and Jerry Remy, who indicated that non-English-speaking players can't be leaders (Schmidt) or are unfairly accommodated (Remy) when they don't adapt. But foreign-born players aren't ignoring the challenge, and many are working hard to overcome it — though results might not always be seen (or heard) publicly.
Case: Signed through 2017, Beltre is likely nearing the end of what looks to be a Hall of Fame career. Judging by his 2015 output, he still has plenty in the tank. Beltre slashed .287/.334/.453 last season with 18 homers and 83 RBIs for the Rangers and finished seventh in MVP voting. If he stays healthy, a reprise of those totals — or perhaps even better — could be in store this season. Even though Beltre has lost a step at third base, he’s still strong at the hot corner: He finished 2015 fourth in the league in Defensive WAR ().