Gadsden Independent Schools files complaint against Alamogordo umpire

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

A complaint has been filed by the Gadsden Independent School District with the New Mexico Activities Association regarding an umpire who told a player on the Gadsden baseball team to stop speaking Spanish during a game in Alamogordo.
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Last time I checked this is still America speak English or get the F*** out
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Hey crybabies ... get used to it as spanish is here to stay !!
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Apr 14, 2013
 
no surprise wrote:
SPEAK ENGLISH
Why speak English, or anything else, in an activity that makes no sense anyway? Our schools should be about learning, not organized bumping into one another.
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Apr 14, 2013
 
Manny The Mexican wrote:
Hey crybabies ... get used to it as spanish is here to stay !!
Write your next comment in Mexican. O.k. Jose
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Apr 14, 2013
 
"I was not close enough to hear the words and their conversation, but I know there was a heated exchange that took place in between innings," Johnson said. "Bobby Martinez came over and got involved in the conversation. I think he was the one that indicated to (Jones) that it wasn't appropriate, that there's no rule that states that kids can not speak Spanish."

When reached by phone, Jones had no comment. Pat Devine, head of the Umpires Association in Alamogordo, also had no comment.

Johnson said that the issue will continue to be handled by the NMAA and Devine, and added that Alamogordo did not agree with Jones' declaration that no Spanish could be spoken on the ballfield.

"We weren't in accordance with the idea that the kid couldn't speak Spanish," Johnson said. "I don't know that we need to throw anything (more) on the fire, because it's all been said."

NMAA Spokesman Dusty Young said the association had no comment at this time as it investigates the incident.

"(The NMAA) felt on the surface, based off the information she had, what the first base umpire said was inappropriate," Villalobos said.

The news caught local sports personalities off guard, in a region where bilingual teams take the playing field on a regular basis.

Fernando Mendoza, who coaches soccer at Chaparral High School, said on the practice field and in preparation for games, his players predominantly speak English. In between the lines, however, they often communicate in Spanish.

"In the heat of battle, maybe 80 (percent Spanish speaking) when it gets really intense," he said. "Zero-zero, down to five minutes in the second half, these kids translate it into Spanish. It's what they're comfortable speaking to each other in communication."

When Las Cruces High hosted Faith Christian of El Paso in boys basketball this year, much of Faith Christian's communication was in Spanish, according to LCHS head coach William Benjamin.

Benjamin added of Jones' conduct, "He's an idiot. That's just stupid."

During regular-season play, high school baseball umpires are assigned to local games by a group leader or regional assigner. Las Cruces umpires, for instance, are assigned to games within Doņa Ana County by lead official Robert Nuņez. Alamogordo umpires are in charge of contests in their city and Tularosa.

Robert Garcia is a former high school baseball and softball umpire in the state, who said such conduct from an official was a sign of insecurity.

"People can think when someone's speaking Spanish in front of an Anglo-American that they're speaking about them, or have a guilty conscience," Garcia said. "It's insecurity. Bottom line.

"As an official, once you take the field, you have to develop a thick skin and let everything run off .... It's my job to concentrate on the game, call it to the best of my ability. In the dugout, between the players, that's none of your concern."

All sporting communications should be in English, So all officals can hear the comments, conversation.
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Apr 14, 2013
 
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"I was not close enough to hear the words and their conversation, but I know there was a heated exchange that took place in between innings," Johnson said. "Bobby Martinez came over and got involved in the conversation. I think he was the one that indicated to (Jones) that it wasn't appropriate, that there's no rule that states that kids can not speak Spanish."
When reached by phone, Jones had no comment. Pat Devine, head of the Umpires Association in Alamogordo, also had no comment.
Johnson said that the issue will continue to be handled by the NMAA and Devine, and added that Alamogordo did not agree with Jones' declaration that no Spanish could be spoken on the ballfield.
"We weren't in accordance with the idea that the kid couldn't speak Spanish," Johnson said. "I don't know that we need to throw anything (more) on the fire, because it's all been said."
NMAA Spokesman Dusty Young said the association had no comment at this time as it investigates the incident.
"(The NMAA) felt on the surface, based off the information she had, what the first base umpire said was inappropriate," Villalobos said.
The news caught local sports personalities off guard, in a region where bilingual teams take the playing field on a regular basis.
Fernando Mendoza, who coaches soccer at Chaparral High School, said on the practice field and in preparation for games, his players predominantly speak English. In between the lines, however, they often communicate in Spanish.
"In the heat of battle, maybe 80 (percent Spanish speaking) when it gets really intense," he said. "Zero-zero, down to five minutes in the second half, these kids translate it into Spanish. It's what they're comfortable speaking to each other in communication."
When Las Cruces High hosted Faith Christian of El Paso in boys basketball this year, much of Faith Christian's communication was in Spanish, according to LCHS head coach William Benjamin.
Benjamin added of Jones' conduct, "He's an idiot. That's just stupid."
During regular-season play, high school baseball umpires are assigned to local games by a group leader or regional assigner. Las Cruces umpires, for instance, are assigned to games within Doņa Ana County by lead official Robert Nuņez. Alamogordo umpires are in charge of contests in their city and Tularosa.
Robert Garcia is a former high school baseball and softball umpire in the state, who said such conduct from an official was a sign of insecurity.
"People can think when someone's speaking Spanish in front of an Anglo-American that they're speaking about them, or have a guilty conscience," Garcia said. "It's insecurity. Bottom line.
"As an official, once you take the field, you have to develop a thick skin and let everything run off .... It's my job to concentrate on the game, call it to the best of my ability. In the dugout, between the players, that's none of your concern."
All sporting communications should be in English, So all officals can hear the comments, conversation.
You're a racist..
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Apr 14, 2013
 
Sounds like wrote:
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Apr 14, 2013
 
Further evidence that America is in decline, and NOBODY gives a shite!!!! Wake up people!!!
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"I was not close enough to hear the words and their conversation, but I know there was a heated exchange that took place in between innings," Johnson said. "Bobby Martinez came over and got involved in the conversation. I think he was the one that indicated to (Jones) that it wasn't appropriate, that there's no rule that states that kids can not speak Spanish."
When reached by phone, Jones had no comment. Pat Devine, head of the Umpires Association in Alamogordo, also had no comment.
Johnson said that the issue will continue to be handled by the NMAA and Devine, and added that Alamogordo did not agree with Jones' declaration that no Spanish could be spoken on the ballfield.
"We weren't in accordance with the idea that the kid couldn't speak Spanish," Johnson said. "I don't know that we need to throw anything (more) on the fire, because it's all been said."
NMAA Spokesman Dusty Young said the association had no comment at this time as it investigates the incident.
"(The NMAA) felt on the surface, based off the information she had, what the first base umpire said was inappropriate," Villalobos said.
The news caught local sports personalities off guard, in a region where bilingual teams take the playing field on a regular basis.
Fernando Mendoza, who coaches soccer at Chaparral High School, said on the practice field and in preparation for games, his players predominantly speak English. In between the lines, however, they often communicate in Spanish.
"In the heat of battle, maybe 80 (percent Spanish speaking) when it gets really intense," he said. "Zero-zero, down to five minutes in the second half, these kids translate it into Spanish. It's what they're comfortable speaking to each other in communication."
When Las Cruces High hosted Faith Christian of El Paso in boys basketball this year, much of Faith Christian's communication was in Spanish, according to LCHS head coach William Benjamin.
Benjamin added of Jones' conduct, "He's an idiot. That's just stupid."
During regular-season play, high school baseball umpires are assigned to local games by a group leader or regional assigner. Las Cruces umpires, for instance, are assigned to games within Doņa Ana County by lead official Robert Nuņez. Alamogordo umpires are in charge of contests in their city and Tularosa.
Robert Garcia is a former high school baseball and softball umpire in the state, who said such conduct from an official was a sign of insecurity.
"People can think when someone's speaking Spanish in front of an Anglo-American that they're speaking about them, or have a guilty conscience," Garcia said. "It's insecurity. Bottom line.
"As an official, once you take the field, you have to develop a thick skin and let everything run off .... It's my job to concentrate on the game, call it to the best of my ability. In the dugout, between the players, that's none of your concern."
All sporting communications should be in English, So all officals can hear the comments, conversation.
How about Bobby Martinez pick a language for all his employees to speak to his customers. See how many cars they sell just speaking Spainish.
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Apr 15, 2013
 
So is this the same Gadsden school that their girls soccer coach told his girls to take out one of Alamogordo's girls? Then to top it off they wanted to fight the parents on their way to the bus.
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Apr 15, 2013
 
Is an idiot. Insecure because an official doesn't know spanish? Going to make a call because he thinks the GHS kids are speaking in a derogitory tone towards the Alamogordo kids? Because its Anglo-American against Latino. If it was the other way around it would be ok, because we can't keep the brown man down. If your white you ain't right....thats what it has come to.
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Apr 15, 2013
 
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<quoted text>How about Bobby Martinez pick a language for all his employees to speak to his customers. See how many cars they sell just speaking Spainish.
The article in the paper said Bobby Martinez, when it should have said Bobby Hernandez.... Mr Hernandez has been umpiring for years and told the Jones he was incorrect that should have been the end of it. Now Jones on the other hand is a jerk and anyone who's ever been around him and baseball know it.
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Alamogordo kicked their butt.
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Apr 15, 2013
 
a good race war. Keep it coming..
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Apr 15, 2013
 
What this should be about is an umpire who doesn't know the rules and is a power control freak... He should never have been calling youth sports of any kind. All he did was make our community look bad again. I've seen him over the years and he is by far the worst umpire I have ever seen.
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Apr 15, 2013
 
Umpires. The NMAA is always looking for qualified individuals and it sounds like "just watching" is just that person. Put on the mask and come on out and call some baseball with the rest of us.
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Umpires. The NMAA is always looking for qualified individuals and it sounds like "just watching" is just that person. Put on the mask and come on out and call some baseball with the rest of us.
call balls and strikes if they were throwing bowling balls at you idiot..
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Callete la boca pinche gringo salado !!!
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Callete la boca pinche gringo salado !!!
Up yours beeeeener..

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