Rangers back at full strength after 'World Baseball Classic'

About 40% of the Texas Rangers roster is comprised of athletes from outside the United States, a must to compete in Major League Baseball.

Mike Daly/Texas Rangers, Assistant General Manager:

Baseball continues to grow internationally. There are talented players all over the place, all over the world. And it's certainly something the Texas Rangers have been striving for - to find players players that can help us win a championship.

But for those players, usually still in their teens, acclimating to a new country and culture can be difficult.

Nomar mazara/rangers outfielder

I knew only a little bit of enlish so it was hard. The food is totally different. Just being here by myself I felt alone sometimes.

Shin-Soo Choo/Rangers Outfielder

It's not easy to leave probably any country. You've got 18 years used to your country and then change 180 degrees, totally change. That's not easy.

Imagine going to work and not being able to communicate because of a language barrier.

Hanser Alberto/Rangers Infielder

I just started talking to my teammates and try to learn the stuff that I need for baseball.

Mike Daly:

We make sure we help them out with English classes. When they are out with the teams all have Spanish speakers except for triple-A but by that time most of the guys have been in the system long enough they've acclimated to the United States.

Acclimating not just to a new language.

Nomar Mazara

I got used to it. I eat whatever now….I like the food here. I'm American now!


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