Re: Los Rojos
Why in the world would anyone assume that this is a marketing tool only to the local fanbase? The Reds have a strong, strong tradition of star players with Spanish-speaking roots -- Concepcion, Rijo, etc. Larkin is coaching in the DR and a whole new generation of players will come to know him. It's always been my understanding that the Reds have one of the largest MLB fanbases in Latin America.
One of the most exciting pitchers in baseball is on our team and he is possibly becoming a starter this year. Last I heard he still speaks Spanish almost exclusively. For the Reds NOT to take advantage of the people in Cuba and all over Latin America who no doubt revere him would be completely foolish. I'm frankly surprised they haven't done it before this. I see Spanish-language jerseys for other MLB teams all the time, including the Pirates (Piratas!) Mostly because people the world over still have a fair amount of respect for that Clemente guy.
Spanish-speaking players are a huge part of MLB; their Spanish-speaking fans are a huge part of the fanbase. Latin American culture is both historically and presently intrinsic to the entire game. To be dismissive of this jersey based on some nationalistic language thing is not only ridiculous, it is ignorant of the makeup of the sport itself.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.