Mon, Feb 26, 2007 - Page 18 News List

Interpreters step up to the plate to aid stars

HELPING HANDS As well as the challenges they face on the field, Asian baseball stars in the US face more mundane problems, such as opening a bank account

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , TAMPA, FLORIDA

Deciphering baseball slang is one of the trickiest parts of the job, Kahlon said. During a hitters' meeting, a Yankees coach said a pitcher liked to paint the black, meaning he aimed for the corners of the plate. Kahlon wondered whether the expression referred to a pitcher using spray paint.

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