Japanese superstar pitcher Masahiro Tanaka could well have been saved from the agony of missing the start of the MLB's spring season training because of visa troubles.
The New York Yankees signed Tanaka last week on a $155million seven-year-deal, but bureaucratic hurdles looked sure to derail the Yankees chances of getting the Japanese star to New York in time for spring-training.
However, Sen. Schumer has stepped in to help the Yankees with any red tape they might face, and the move looks likely to have pulled off tremendous results for the ball club.
Speaking to the New York Daily News. Schumer explained that when the Yankees came calling he came running.
"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."
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