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  • Welcome to the Dominican Republic: Baseball mecca

    Chicago Tribune - 03/03/2015

    The sport thrives here because of the talent — kids regularly drop out of school to play — and the environment that hastens its development. Money pumps in from the United States, thanks to major league teams and private investors who open academies. And success is still tied to the reluctant, rocky relationship between MLB and a network of independent Dominican scouts who train players, known locally as buscones.

    “They depend on each other for survival and they depend on each other to flourish,” said Alan Klein, a sociology professor at Northeastern University who has written books on Dominican baseball. “So, who’s controlling the game? There’s no clear answer. It’s a new system.”

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