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Hype can get lost in translation

Originally Published: February 27, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

If scouting baseball players were an exact science, Ruben Rivera would have fulfilled his promise as the second coming of Mickey Mantle -- instead of being known as the guy who stole Derek Jeter's glove and drifted into oblivion without cashing in on eBay.

Factor in cultural differences, a language barrier and the on-field adjustments that players from the Far East encounter in their journey to a new world, and the job of predicting whether a player from Japan, Korea or Taiwan can cut it in ...

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