Finding Baseball's Next Clemente: Combating Scandal in Latino Recruiting

Finding Baseball's Next Clemente: Combating Scandal in Latino Recruiting

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This book examines what it takes for Latino youngsters to beat the odds, overcoming cultural and racial barriersa€”and a corrupt recruitment systema€”to play professional baseball in the United States. a€c Provides a historical overview of the increasing numbers of Latin Americans in Major League Baseball and its minor league system a€c Details the corrupt recruitment system in several Latin American countries that, in most cases, leads aspiring youngsters on a fruitless quest for a professional baseball contract a€c Highlights the careers of players, especially Roberto Clemente, who became role models for young Latin American players a€c Offers a brief history of the origin of baseball in Latin American countries, drawing on unique documentary material from the National Archives a€c Uses recent, first-person interviews to share examples of how some individuals and institutions are attempting to reform the systemThat a buscA³n might cut corners, that he might bend the law to get his charge a contract, then take a commission ... But the majors and even the minor leagues were, tragically, for only the smallest of percentages of those 11- and 12- and 13- year-old kids who, along with their parents, trusted ... So they start thinking they can make money faster in baseball than anything else and they drop out of school.

Title:Finding Baseball's Next Clemente: Combating Scandal in Latino Recruiting
Author: Roger Bruns
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2015-07-14

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