If the Dominican Republic had an official second language, it would certainly be Baseball. Almost as if possessing a red-itched baseball gene flowing through their veins, Dominican players seem to be born with a bat in their hands as they are a dominant force in the MLB. With 86 Dominican players out of a total of 846 active players on Opening Day of 2011, Dominican players held weight as they came in second only to American players with a 10% takeover in the active roster list.
Making it big in the majors is something that many Dominican boys dream about as they do whatever it takes to go after their suenos. By the time they reach the age of 13, peloteros as they are called, will drop out of school and train hard in hopes of getting signed by the age of 16, where they now have the ability to sign professional contracts.
The journey of these boys hoping to escape crushing poverty is painted beautifully in GuaGua Production’s movie “Pelotero”. Narrated by actor John Leguizamo, this film provides an intimate portrait of two prospects as they navigate the calculating, mercenary and often corrupt elements that surround Major League Baseball’s recruitment of the Island’s top talent.
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Written By Entertainment, Social Change & Lifestyle Contributor – Yeisa Martinez