Yankees' Luis Severino pushes back on now-former Mariners CEO's translator comments: 'It's not easy coming to a new country'

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Severino throws bullpen Spring Training 2020
Severino throws bullpen Spring Training 2020

Kevin Mather, a Seattle Mariners CEO who has since resigned, recently complained about paying Hisashi Iwakuma's translator, and criticized one of the organization's top prospects' English-speaking abilities.

Luis Severino came to the United States in 2013 and went to play for Single-A Charleston. The 27-year-old did not use a translator with the media, but did respond to Mather's comments.

"It's not easy coming to a new country," the Dominican Republic native said. "Even for you guys -- if you go to DR, you're not gonna speak Spanish right away. That's tough."

Severino said that he "wishes" no one had to use a translator, but knows that in many cases, it is necessary.

Mather apologized for his "lapse in judgment," and then resigned on Monday.

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