Baseball Republic: Inside the Dominican Machine

From the Post Gazette comes a really fascinating article on the effect that Major League Baseball has had on the poor island nation of Dominican Republic.  It’s a very long read, so I highly recommend you wait until you have a bit of time to properly dive into it, but it’s really worth the time and effort.

Today, eight years after Marte (pronounced Mar-tay) was handed from Papiro to Gayo and the Pirates for $85,000, Papiro drives a white van around town that says “Papiro All-Stars” with a large picture of Marte in a Pirates uniform on the back. He lives in a fifth-floor penthouse he recently bought for the equivalent of about $227,000, a fortune in this desperately poor country. He has made piles of cash off the players he trains, but he says he loves them like sons — especially Marte, whom he speaks with frequently. Papiro could easily be viewed as a romantic caught up in a ruthless game, one governed by rules and regulations over which he has no control.

3 thoughts on “Baseball Republic: Inside the Dominican Machine

  1. This was a mesmerizing read.

    The exploitation of these young, impoverished kids is really awful.

    I heard a stat the other day; 1 out of 4 parents of young athletes believe their kid will make the bigs. That’s here in America! And 44% of low income families believe it.

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    • Unfortunately, they also believe in the lottery. Funny how the people who put the most money into it, can least afford it. I may drop two bucks if it’s over two hundred million, but, I may just spend it elsewhere if I’m short on cash. Sometimes the 100% chance that a snicker bar will be tasty, is better than the 1/1,000,000,000 of winning the lottery.

      I’m weird like that. Cheers

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