Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Josue Peley leaves Quebec Capitales to be Spanish interpreter for Blue Jays

“Josue Peley jumped at the chance to become the Toronto Blue Jays first official interpreter.

In January, Major League Baseball made it mandatory for its 30 teams to hire Spanish translators for this year’s season.

The Venezuela-born, Montreal-grown former baseball catcher immediately saw an opportunity to combine his love for baseball with his knack for languages.

”It’s something new of course but it’s amazing,’ Peley told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak. ‘I’ve been in that world with all the big leaguers and everything that goes with it — it’s unbelievable.’

Peley, who is fluent in Spanish, English and French, decided to leave the Québec Capitales to pursue this role.

After playing baseball for farm teams in the United States and four years with the Capitales, Peley leaned heavily on knowing three languages.”

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