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Thinking hard about baseball's role in the world.

As the WBC rolls around, I generally tend to feel warm and fuzzy about how we've exported America's pastime to the far flung reaches of the globe. I get just as excited as the next person about the Michael Ynoas and Renato Nunezes of the world when they get signed. However, this Mother Jones article made me think hard about how we sign international talent, and how players in MLB systems are treated after they're signed. There are great stories about kids in the Dominican playing stickball with milk carton gloves and going on to be major league superstars, but we hear a lot less about the ones who can't cut it, get scammed or neglected. I was kind of surprised not to wake up to an analysis of this article from a baseball fan's perspective on SB Nation or Fangraphs today. Read it if you'd like, and check out the film Pelotero if you haven't already. I'm passionately devoted to baseball, but being conscious of things like this is crucial as well. Any discussion or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Article:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/baseball-dominican-system-yewri-guillen?page=2

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