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What the World Baseball Classic Can Teach Major League Baseball

Mar 15, 2017 - The New York Times

SAN DIEGO — Carlos Beltran is a statesmanlike figure among Puerto Rican ballplayers. Nearly 40, he has long felt a responsibility to give back — be it through the baseball academy he founded at home, his advocacy for Spanish-language interpreters in each clubhouse or dispensing advice to young prospects forging a career in baseball.

But when the Puerto Rican players began dyeing their hair blond during the World Baseball Classic, well, it was a lot to ask of the buttoned-down Beltran.

“They look at me, as the veteran guy, like, ‘What are you going to do?’ ” Beltran said. “I told them, ‘I’m not going to dye my hair....