Carlos Beltran shares touching story about trying to order food without speaking English

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Carlos Beltranis entering his 19th season in the MLB and has long since grown accustomed to the life of a pro ball player in America. But starting out as an 18-year-old drafted out of Puerto Rico, this wasn't always the case.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News wrote earlier this week about the MLB's new mandate that all clubs employ full-time Spanish translators. For years, young players from Hispanic countries -- who made up 29.3 percent of players on 2015 Opening Day rosters -- have been at a major disadvantage in adapting to an entirely new setting. MLB's new rule will help to change that.

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One of the heartbreaking tales in Feinsand's piece comes from Beltran, detailing the outfielder's upbringing in the Royals' minor league system.

During his first years in the Royals organization, the Puerto Rico product didn't know any English at all. He would go to the food court at a nearby mall and look for somebody eating something he liked.

"I would be on line and there were three people in front of me, so I would watch what they were ordering," Beltran said. "When it was my turn, if the person in front of me ordered something I liked, I would point and say, 'Same.' If they ordered something I didn't like, I would go to the back of the line and try again. I would sometimes go to the back of the line three or four times."

Beltran revealed that what finally helped him eventually master the language was a minor league teammate who was interested in learning Spanish. The pair helped each other, and now, Beltran is fully bilingual.

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The Yankees outfielder called for a mandated translator program long before the league instituted the rule months ago.

- By John Dorn

Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums

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Carlos Beltran shares touching story about trying to order food without speaking English

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.



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