America’s Pastime In Need of Some Pinch Interpreters


By: Carla Eboli, CMO

According to Pew Research Center, there are almost 38 million people in the US ages 5 years and older that speak Spanish at home. And approximately 2.8 million – out of the 38 million – are non-Hispanics.

And I guess few of these 2.8 million people fluent in the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. (the 2nd most spoken non-English language is Chinese with 2.8 million speakers) are reporters covering major league baseball teams.

A recent article, published in the NYTimes, says that Hispanic baseball players  – 22% of all of the major league players – are having some issues with delivering their message to the sports media. Players don’t speak fluent English and few journalists covering the sport are bilingual.

But here comes the good news: Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to have a “Spanish-speaking interpreter to help players communicate with the largely English-speaking news media in their native language”.

This means that if you are bilingual and a baseball expert, you might be the right fit for this job!

But being able to understand Hispanic baseball players is not the only reason why Americans should feel excited about learning Spanish. “Speaking a second language can give young Americans a competitive advantage when starting their careers,” says Greg Knipp, CEO of Dieste. Besides, “America is already a multicultural country and individuals that can speak and understand different languages and cultures will only become more valuable.”

And if you are not totally convinced about the benefits of being bilingual, here are another seven reasons for you to go back to school right away.