Big Screen Baseball — Ballplayer:Pelotero

When you deal in baseball, young kids…it’s like when you go and harvest the land.  You put the seed in the land, and then you put water in it, you clear it, you do all of this and then, when it grows, you sell it.  It’s just the way it is.

Pelotero follows Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista in the months leading up to the July 2nd International signing deadline and beyond.

There’s also a significant focus on the problems that all players run in to along the way to July 2nd.  The two most focused on are as they relate to Sano and Batista are :
– Misrepresentations and investigations into a player’s age. There’s a HUGE difference in the money a 16 year old gets compared to a 17 year old, and money always creates motives.
– Player agents and team scouts are not necessarily a player’s friend.

It’s not too hard to see both sides of these issues. I can understand why the MLB wants to investigate a player’s age, because so many players have lied about it in the past. And I can understand how extremely poor families can feel like this huge entity that controls so much of their future is working to crush them.

I actually don’t want to get into too much detail right now, in case some of you haven’t watched this yet. I very much recommend that you do.

When you are looking for a bit of escape from your family over the next couple days…go find a little corner to hide in and spend about 75 minutes with some Peloteros. It’s available on Hulu and Youtube if you want to spend money, or you can just click in this general area (the picture quality isn’t great, but it’s free, so what are you bitching about?).

After you are done with the movie, go outside and see if you can elevate your eephus game to this future superstar’s level…

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9 thoughts on “Big Screen Baseball — Ballplayer:Pelotero

    1. This movie is the kind of thing I’m hoping to find more of as this little adventure of mine continues…quality baseball movies that I’d somehow missed out on before.

      And upon doing a quick google search for Astin Jacobo, I found this among the top results…
      http://m.rays.mlb.com/news/article/83494446/tampa-bay-rays-sign-no-3-ranked-international-prospect-adrian-rondon
      …which makes me happy. Jacobo definitely comes across as one of the “good guys” in that whole Dominican baseball machine.

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      1. I haven’t seen this for a long time, I saw it when it first came out. All I remember was MLB appearing to try to screw Sano based on absolutely no evidence whatsoever that he wasn’t the age he said he was…and vulture that worked for Pittsburgh trying to use the situation to save a couple of million on signing him.

        I was happy to see him sign with MN instead (at the time, the Pirates weren’t really good, so it wasn’t a competition thing, but a “JFC, I hope that behavior isn’t rewarded” thing.

        MLB continues to try to find ways for billionaires to save a few bucks when signing kids that don’t even own a pair of shoes.

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      2. Yeah, that Pittsburgh vulture is Rene Gayo, and I’m pretty sure he’s still with Pittsburgh today. Apparently he signed both Marte and Polanco.

        Jacobo was the coach/trainer of the other kid, Jean Carlos Batista.

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      3. That’s right. I remember looking him up at some point and seeing both 1) that he still worked for Pitt, and 2) that he seemed to be really good at his job (despite being an unscrupulous jackwagon). In fairness, I guess, his behavior may be about the norm for such recruiters/scouts…he may have just been outed because the Pirates were in on Sano. Still, if you believe in the talent…what the hell is a couple of million bucks? Still would have been a steal for them…so why try to screw the poor people? Just a habit of the rich, I guess.

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        1. No arguments there. When a business makes hundreds of millions, it’s exceedingly petty and shitty to squabble over a few hundred thousand.

          I definitely understand wanting to confirm player’s ages, but using that confirmation process as a weapon can be fairly described as evil.

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