Latin Ball Players

September 6, 2013
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The Latin American ball players are much more involved in the drug allegations over some of their counterparts in MLB. Part of this is a language barrier and a lack of good advisors to explain to them what all these rules mean. However, some of it is the age-old “how can you accuse me of something I don’t understand?” I am pretty sure that most of these guys have pretty good lawyers who understand the English language very well. To some extent the Latin environment that these players go back to each off season makes it much easier to obtain and use banned substances. In the United States proper, these drugs are readily available, but as a celebrity, getting them is usually much more risky. You have to remember that almost 100% of these players came from an environment where $100 could have been a yearly earning, and suddenly, they were given $1,000 000 contracts to play baseball. This is like taking an orphan child and turning him loose with $10 in an old-fashioned candy store. I would doubt whether any of these kids would have left the store with more than a few cents in change. When an impoverished child who probably played baseball at the beginning in bare feet has a $1,000,000 in his pocket and figures out what a $100,000,000 contract would mean, anything that will get him there is very tempting to try. We also know that there are very few Americans on this list, so the Caribbean athlete has to shoulder a lot of the blame himself.

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