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Many different languages are spoken in baseball clubhouses. Here's how teams make it work

There were more than 250 internationally-born players on Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day, representing 19 countries. That’s nearly a third of all MLB players.

The Dominican Republic led the way with 104 players, followed by Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Rico. That means there are a number of different languages spoken in clubhouses and dugouts — from Spanish to English to Japanese.

Brendan O’Connor explores language in baseball in his book “Multilingual Baseball: Language Learning, Identity and Intercultural Communication in the Transnational Game.”

O’Connor is an associate professor in ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, and is trained as a linguist and anthropologist. The Show spoke with him and discussed what got him interested in looking at the different languages in baseball.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.