New Mexico Umpire Who Told High School Players to Stop Speaking Spanish Quits

Apr 18, 2013
9:34 AM

That didn’t take long. About a week after a story about how New Mexico umpire Corey Jones asked high school baseball players to stop speaking Spanish on the field went viral online, Jones has quit.


Here is what the Albuqueque Journal reported yesterday:

LAS CRUCES — The umpire who allegedly threatened to eject Gadsden High School baseball players if they continued speaking Spanish during a game last week has removed himself from the diamond.

A spokesman for the Gadsden Independent School District of southern Doña Ana County, where nearly 97 percent of students are Hispanic, said a New Mexico Activities Association official informed the district that umpire Corey Jones of Alamogordo resigned Friday and will no longer officiate school games.

Gadsden Independent officials filed a complaint last week accusing Jones of telling a Panthers first baseman not to speak Spanish during a game in Alamogordo on April 9. The first baseman was yelling encouragement to the Panther pitcher at the time, but the umpire expressed concern that the player might have been insulting Alamogordo Tiger players in Spanish.

Gadsden High assistant coach Emmanuel Burciaga has said that when he questioned Jones about the issue between innings, the umpire allegedly said, “Anyone who speaks Spanish — coaches or players — will be ejected.”

A bilingual Hispanic home plate umpire intervened and reportedly told Jones there was no rule barring players from speaking Spanish, and no one was tossed from the game.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Jones declined to comment in depth about the matter but referred to Gadsden High’s account of the conflict as “nothing but lies.”

Despite Jones’ resignation, the NMAA is continuing to investigate the incident to establish a record of what happened, said Dusty Young, associate director of the NMAA in Albuquerque.

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