Friday, January 31, 2014

Yankees Fans All Owe Senator Schumer A Thank You

The New York Yankees have used political contacts in New York Senator Chuck Schumer who helped Masahiro Tanaka obtain his visa. With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training camp in about two weeks Tanaka needed his visa so he could join the team on time, something that can be a lengthy thing to do at times. The paperwork was "handled properly" and Tanaka now has his visa and will be in Yankees camp on time. Here is the quote from Mr. Schumer:

“My office works tirelessly to help constituents every single day, but it’s not often you get a call from a constituent like the New York Yankees,” Schumer said. “You see, the Yankees called me a couple of days ago to say they were worried about Masahiro Tanaka getting to Spring Training on time due to the length of time it can take for foreign players to get a visa.
“Foreign baseball players apply for something called a P-visa and the whole process can take up to a month; but with pitchers and catchers reporting on February 14th, it was very possible he wasn’t going to make it. So I made sure we had someone go to the mailroom at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), pull his application and get it processed quickly – something I have done in the past for the Mets as well, when they had a similar issue with Jose Reyes.”
“Now the Yankees’ star free agent will be able to join the team at spring training with everyone else,” Schumer added. “As a lifelong Yankee fan who is hoping for another World Series this year, I could not be happier.”

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