Let me be clear before anyone gets the wrong idea: I think it’s dandy that we have foreign nationals of all stripes playing in the majors, and I’d be happy for a more liberal immigration policy. (Don’t get me started on Dubya’s 700 mile Fence to Nowhere.) I merely put this out as a question to the forum out of curiosity. I have many friends (mostly European) who have had considerable problem gaining the appropriate work visas and clearances to live here and practice their professions. It doesn’t look like Daisuke Matsuzaka or Kei Igawa (or any of their Latin teamates) have these problems. I can’t imagine they get stuck waiting on those monster lines down at INS that snake around the block. Good immigration lawyers, I’m sure, help. So how does it work? Team’s responsibility? Does MLB have some kind of arrangement that allows them to smooth things along? This would be a good one for Slate’s “Explainer,” but I’ll leave it to our distinguished readership….