When Spanish Names (Don’t) Flummox English-Speaking Baseball Announcers


After all, Spanish names aren’t the one ones tough for English-speaking broadcasters and public handle announcers. How nicely may you say the names of those gamers: Marc Rzepczynski, Matt Szczur, Aaron Altherr, Seunghwan Oh, Jeff Samardzija, Sam Tuivailala or Jameson Taillon. Or how about Robert Gsellman, the Mets reduction pitcher?

“It bothered me after I was little however you get used to it,” guh-SELL-man stated. “They’ll get it proper sooner or later.”

Even earlier than Main League Baseball made Spanish-language interpreters necessary in clubhouses beginning with the 2016 season, Baker requested gamers for his or her correct pronunciations and took notes. “It will take me a few instances simply listening to get it down,” he stated.

Now, Baker receives fixed suggestions from the Phillies interpreter, Diego Ettedgui (eh-TED-gui), who’s from Venezuela and whose final title, Ettedgui stated, is of Arabic and Spanish origin.

“I don’t suppose it’s something out of the strange,” Baker stated. “It’s the best way it’s speculated to be. And for our guys, and particularly now that now we have a big variety of Hispanic gamers, it’s much more essential.”

Marysol Castro, one of many Mets’ two new public handle announcers at Citi Subject, is of Puerto Rican descent and in addition makes use of the Spanish pronunciations of Asdrúbal Cabrera, the Mets second baseman who’s from Venezuela; Amed Rosario, the shortstop from the Dominican Republic, and others. She can also be the Mets’ first feminine public handle announcer.

As for me, my final title is fairly easy: WAG-ner, not VOG-ner, as in German. However WOG-ner, as my Nicaraguan grandfather used to say in his very restricted English, can even suffice.


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