Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice

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Dominican Baseball: New Pride, Old Prejudice by Alan Klein 2014. 200 pp. ISBN: 978-1439910887. $24.95 paper. Temple University Press. Philadelphia, Pa, 19122. (800) 621-2736. www.temple.edu.

Its hard to believe that professional baseball did not have any players of iJcolor until Jackie Robinson was plucked from the Negro Leagues to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Since that groundbreaking development, baseball has become My integrated with black, Hispanic and Asian ballplayers and coaches. In 2013 New York Yankee and Panamanian Mariano Rivera's retirement from baseball after an extraordinary career as the arguably greatest closer of all time, called attention to how latino players have changed the face of baseball. His biography includes stories of growing up poor, fashioning a baseball mitt out of a milk carton. His story is a testament to how young men in Mexico, Cuba, Latin America and South America have embraced America's favorite pastime and are sought after by stateside talent scouts.

By far, one of the richest sources of talented players has come from the Dominican Republic including Pedro Martinez, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez. By 2000, Dominican baseball players were in every major league clubhouse, and regularly winning every baseball award. In 2002, Omar Minaya became the first Dominican general manager of a major league team. What sets the Dominican Republic apart from other Latin nations, and how did this codependent relationship between MLB and Dominican talent arise and thrive?

This is the basis of Alan Vein's Dominican Baseball. Klein examines the history of MLB's presence and influence in the Dominican Republic, the development of the booming industry and academies, and the dependence on Dominican player developers, known as buscones. …

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