Friday, July 29, 2005
Bad Ump! Bad bad bad!
Coaches on a Little League team filed a protest with the league after an umpire ordered the players to stop speaking Spanish during a state tournament game this week.
Coaches said the order demoralized the Methuen players and cost the team the game.
“This never should have happened,” coach Chris Mosher told the Eagle-Tribune newspaper. “These are 14-year-old kids who should not have to deal with any of this, especially in Little League baseball.”
The article goes on to explain that the umpire thought that the coach might be giving illegal instructions to his players in Spanish. Sorry, that just doesn’t wash and I would be offended if an American team faced a “no-English ruling” anywhere else in the world.