Phillies Legend Mike Schmidt: You Can’t Build a Team Around a Player With a ‘Language Barrier’


Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt does not believe the Phillies should build their team around 25-year-old star centerfielder Odubel Herrera in part because of the language barrier that comes with the native of Venezuela. Schmidt, a color analyst for Phillies weekend home games, praised the centerfielder on 94.1 WIP “Morning Show” Tuesday, but said teams should build around a guy who will be able to lead and speak with teammates clearly. Partial transcript as follows [Relevant portion begins around the 8:31 mark]: First of all, it’s a language barrier. Because of that, I think he can’t be a guy that would sort of sit in a circle with four, five American players and talk about the game. Or try and learn about the game or discuss the inner workings of the game. Or come over to a guy and say, “Man, you gotta run that ball out.” Just can’t be, because of the language barrier, that kind of a player. Odubel can be — you see what he’s doing the last three days [8-13, 6 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs] and we saw the inconsistency that dropped his batting average all the way down to the

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