It’s a hard-knock life for many of the young men in the Dominican Republic aspiring to become major leaguers. Baseball fans have long known about the economic and social discrepancies between American-born athletes and their Latin American counterparts, especially when it comes to signing bonuses. Sometimes it’s even more nefarious. Look it’s a business, we all know that, but we still hope for fairness when it comes to America’s game. But after watching Ballplayer: Pelotero, a documentary about the sometimes questionable practices employed by Major League Baseball in this area, you may have second thoughts.
The pressure is immense. A matter of days in when a kid signs can mean the difference of millions of dollars in bonus money, leading to a lot of room for malfeasance and/or mismanagement. That’s the basis of Ballplayer: Pelotero, which was co-directed by today’s guest, Jon Paley.
You can find Ballplayer: Pelotero on Netflix and iTunes as well as other sources.
As Paley said, this is an ongoing story, so keep up with Miguel Sano here.
(If for some reason you can’t listen to the audio below, you can download it from iTunes.)