Orioles could use translator at mound

Orioles could use translator at mound
January 15, 2013, 9:00 am
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Coming to the mound for the Orioles—Tim Lin.

Yes, it’s possible that this season instead of manager Buck Showalter or pitching coach Rick Adair making the changes or giving advice, it will be Wei-Yin Chen’s interpreter.

Lin helps train and last season served as Chen’s translator, and under a rule that was approved during last week’s owners meetings, he could come to the mound instead of Adair or Showalter.

This change, reported by Jayson Stark of ESPN.com., will be subject to Player’s Association approval.

Chen’s English improved during the season, and after spending m more time in the U.S. over the off-season, probably got even better.

Tsuyoshi Wada, who should be able to join the Orioles early in the season, spent much time in the U.S., too, and his English will probably improve, too, but he’ll have a translator on hand, too.

According to Stark, teams will now be able to add a seventh uniformed coach during games. That’s good news for the Orioles, who often have a visiting coach from the minor leagues.