Ex-Met Ryota Igarashi reacts to the news that his interpreter has left the building.
A Japanese pitcher, a catcher and a pitching coach walk into a bar. Think you understand where this joke is going? No? Well, the protagonists of the joke didn’t understand it either. But come Opening Day, they’ll have a better chance of getting it.
According to Jayson Stark of espn.com, baseball owners have approved a new rule that would allow interpreters to join managers and pitching coaches on trips to the mound. The new rule would go into effect this season and would cover all languages. If a Japanese pitcher needs a Japanese interpreter, one with fluency in Japanese would accompany the coach or manager to the mound. Similarly, a Spanish-speaking pitcher would be afforded an interpreter fluent in Spanish, and so on.
Having an interpreter on the mound would eliminate potential confusion and misunderstanding between a pitcher, his catcher and his pitching coach or manager. This is especial...