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Ozzie Guillen says Asian players treated better than Latinos

The Chicago White Sox manager also says MLB cares only about how often he argues with umpires and what he says to the media.

August 01, 2010|Wire reports

Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen thinks Asian players are given privileges in the United States that Latinos are not afforded.

In his latest rant, the outspoken Guillen also said that he's the "only one" in baseball teaching young players from Latin America to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs and that Major League Baseball doesn't care about that.

He said MLB cares only about how often he argues with umpires and what he says to the media.

Guillen said it's unfair that Japanese players are assigned interpreters when they come to the U.S. to play pro ball, but Latinos are not.

"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."

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Kansas City Royals right-hander Gil Meche has decided to try coming back as a reliever instead of opting for season-ending shoulder surgery.

Meche was expected to have shoulder surgery this week and hoped to be ready for spring training next year. His shoulder did not respond well in a minor league rehabilitation start last Monday and an arthroscopic exploratory procedure was recommended.

After Meche saw doctors for further examination, he was advised if he underwent surgery in August he also would miss all of next season.

The Royals put reliever Robinson Tejeda on the 15-day disabled list because of a right biceps tendon strain.

The move is retroactive to July 30.

Tejeda is 3-3 with a 3.42 earned run average in 41 games.

The Houston Astros signed starting pitcher Brett Myers to a two-year contract extension with a club option for a third year.

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