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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 59

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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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ustpiyyy ryrrT' Mym T' y r fry f'm r ' m ' t -r-i-r-y , 20C THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 & ! -I i Dolilolll let it rip ens the last word Sounds of baseball changing Venus Williams Local girl makes good - real good -by winning the Lipton, also known as the fifth Grand Slam. She will move up only one ranking spot this week (to 10th) but she's sure to be a favorite heading into the season's final three Slams. Howard Manly ne Iiostott Glofre LOTS Major League Basbeall. The Korean media were drawn first by Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park, and now they can be found at spring training games and are scheduled to become lieat reporters as well. '"When Park pitches, there might be anywhere between 40 and 50 Asian journalists," Dodgers spokesman Derrick Hall said. "When Nomo pitches, it's between 60 and 100." The road has not always been smooth. Language barriers frustrated team officials and players, even when translators were employed. And in the case of the Yankees' Ilideki Irabu, another Japanese pitcher, a temperamental personality has clashed with the fans' right to know. But Vassallo says things are going well with his coverage of Latin American players. "We have a a little different relationship with Latino players," Vassallo said. "We get much more insight because we can get to know them in their own language. We can put them on radio and Spanish-speaking fans can talk with them and the players can express themselves in Spanish. It's like they can talk to their own community." Alberto Vassallo III was 12 years old when he first interviewed Latin-American major leaguers for his father's Boston-based Spanish newspaper. El Mionlo. He remembers talking with Luis Tiant and Tony Perez. He still covers the Sox after 18 years. But it wasn't until the signing of Pedro Martinez that the unthinkable happened an official Red Sox news conference was conducted in both English and Spanish. "Latinos have always been big in baseball," said Vassallo, "but now with the emergence of so many impact Latino players, the interest has translated into more media coverage in the player's own language." Indeed. Over the past 10 years, the percentage of Latin-Americans in the big leagues has increased from 12 to nearly 20. Latin-Americans are expected to surpass African-Americans this year as the largest minority group in baseball. According to Newsweek, foreign-born athletes make up 36 percent of all players under contract, and that includes players from Japan, Korea and Australia. With more foreign-born players come more international journalists. Major league baseball games arc televised in 204 countries. Even spring training draws international crowds. Channel 23, a Dominican-owned station in Miami, earned a few games, as did El Yenczolano, Radio Mundial, the San Juan Star, London-based Transworld Sports International and All Sport UK. "The landscape among the players has changed, and that has had a direct result on the media," said Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea. The Japanese interest in the Red Sox is curious, in that there are no Japanese players on the team's spring roster. But that is the point it doesn't matter anymore. The Asian explosion started on the West Coast. When Hideo Nomo began pitching for the Dodgers in 1995, there were dramatic changes almost overnight. As time went on, the Japanese media covered the team even when Nomo wasn't pitching, sending games back to Japan with their own equipment or using the satellite feeds provided by Reggie White The Green Bay Packers' outspoken reverend managed to offend just about every ethnic and minority group in one fell swoop at a speech in front of the Wisconsin Legislature. His Rose for commish . It's time to get rid of Bud Selig as "acting commissioner" and get a real one in charge. Pete Rose would be a good one. Baseball has had a lot of black eyes lately and Pete could help get it back to where people could love it again. is E. Downs, Boynton Beach Unwise trades I I've followed hockey for 50 years, the Rangers, then the Islanders, now the Panthers, and I have thoughts on why the Panthers have slipped. The Panthers traded Stu Barnes (27 goals) and Jason Wooley for Chris Wells, who couldn't score into an empty net from 10 feet. Kirk Muller and Esa Tikkanen were a waste of rnoney. The Panthers passed up some exciting guys because Murray prefers non-physical players. , Paul Kuveikis, Jensen Beach Replay the way If some simple technology like instant replay can prevent the wrong team from winning an NFL game, jet's use it. Most coaches would save one challenge for late in the game, and if one or two work stoppages leads to the proper call being made, the delay is a small price to pay. Scott Babler, P.B. Gardens Promises, promises The Dolphins' offensive line is weak and does not have a pass rush. Where is the major upgrade promised to fans? I thought we were getting two big free-agent linemen? We hold Jimmy Johnson responsible for positioning Dan Marino, not his successor, to finally win as John Elway did. After all, Johnson, you said "three years." Chris Biggins, Sebastian r r .1 f i I' remarks on race and homosexuality have affected his product endorsement deals and might have ended his hopes of a broadcasting job with CBS. I 7 SATURDAY TUESDAY IGflflY- SATOHDAY FLORIDA DODGE DEALERS 400 After taking nearly three months off, the NASCAR truck series is back - and in Miami. QUALIFYING - Friday RACE - Saturday at 5 p.m. (TNN). WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS L 1 I;,, j 1 Tara isn't going. Nicole is a r no-go. And Elvis will not be in the building. But Michelle Kwan (right) will be at Minneapolis, THURSDAY, SATURDAY OPENING DAY Summer - as we Americans know it - is here. Who cares that last season it snowed during the Marlins' first road trip, to Chicago. 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