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Valentine Documentary Explores MLB Recruiting In Dominican Republic09:24

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Baseball is the economic and cultural lifeblood of the Dominican Republic. The tiny, impoverished island nation has produced some of the games greatest professional players — from Juan Marichal and Miguel Tejada, to Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz.

A new documentary tells the story of Domincan baseball players; of their dreams to cash in and of the way Major League Baseball develops, recruits and signs these young players. The film is called "Ballplayer: Pelotero" and was produced by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.


  • Trevor Martin, Tufts graduate and director of "Ballplayer: Pelotero"

"BallPlayer: Pelotero" opens July 13 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

This segment aired on July 11, 2012.

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