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Saturday, June 19, 2010

AP: Teams ask players to always carry ID

PHOENIX—Dozens of these young Latino men have crossed the border into Arizona. Some are just teenagers; some are in the United States for the first time. Many don’t speak English.

Illegal-immigrant fighter sheriff Joe Arpaio need not be concerned. They already have all the paperwork an immigrant—and baseball player—could want.

The Arizona Rookie League starts Monday, with some 150 or so prospects from Latin America taking part. Unless a court decides otherwise, the state’s much-debated immigration law will take effect July 29. The season ends a month later.

The Cleveland Indians have taken extra precautions to be sure their young Latin players aren’t caught unaware and unprepared.

“We held a seminar under the direction of our cultural development director, Lino Diaz,” said Ross Atkins, the Indians’ player-development director. “We brought in a local police officer to explain the situation and issued each player an ID card so they don’t have to rely on carrying around their visas and paperwork with them.”

The Milwaukee Brewers believe they are ready for the law, having issued identification cards to their players for the past three years. Each card has the player’s photo and information on how to contact Brewers officials if authorities question why the player is in Arizona.

“It’s a preventative measure,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “We haven’t had any problems so far.”

Tripon Posted: June 19, 2010 at 03:23 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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