Stealing Lives: The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic by Arturo J. Marcano Guevara

By Arturo J. Marcano Guevara

Whereas a few Latin American superstars have conquer discrimination to strike gold in baseball's substantial leagues, hundreds of thousands extra Latin American gamers by no means make it to "The Show." Stealing Lives makes a speciality of the plight of 1 Venezuelan youngster and files abuses that happen opposed to Latin young ones and younger males as baseball turns into an international company. The authors demonstrate that during their efforts to safe affordable exertions, significant League groups frequently violate the elemental human rights of children.As a tender boy transforming into up in Venezuela, Alexis Quiroz dreamed of taking part in within the significant Leagues. Alexis's desires have been like these of millions of alternative boys within the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and significant League groups inspired such goals by way of recruiting Latin young ones as younger as 10 and eleven years previous. made up our minds to develop into a tremendous league participant, Alexis entire highschool early and committed himself to touchdown a freelance with an enormous League staff. Alexis signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1995 at age 17 after which all started a harrowing ordeal of exploitation, mistreatment, and disregard by the hands of the Chicago Cubs, together with enjoying for the Cubs' Dominican summer season League staff in appalling dwelling stipulations. Alexis's baseball occupation got here to an abrupt finish by way of an harm for which the Cubs supplied no enough clinical therapy. the tale maintains, despite the fact that, with Alexis's pursuit of justice within the usa to make sure that different Venezuelan and Dominican boys don't come upon comparable experiences.What occurred to Alexis isn't an remoted case-Major League groups normally deny Latin young ones and younger males the fundamental protections that their U.S. opposite numbers take without any consideration. This exploitation violates foreign criminal criteria on hard work criteria and the human rights of kids. Stealing Lives concludes by means of studying quite a few reforms to redress the inequities massive league baseball creates in its globalization.

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Omar Minaya, who helps develop Latin talent for the New York Mets, laments the demise of free agency for Puerto Rican amateurs: “You used to be able to sign players when they were sixteen. . ”8 Because free agency is the most important recruitment channel for bringing foreign talent into the major leagues, understanding how free agency works in Latin America is critical to assessing the current “Golden Age” of Latin talent in the major leagues. Thus, after brief descriptions of how the draft and the Asian agreements operate, this chapter devotes most of its analysis to the recruitment system in Latin America (excluding Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Mexico).

Major League Baseball increases the allure of las Grandes Ligas for poverty-bound families in Latin American countries through international broadcasts of major league games and by playing exhibition and regular season games in Latin America. 43 The socioeconomic situation in Latin America provides Major League Baseball with scores of boys and young men desperate to escape poverty through baseball. A second feature of the “Latin players on the cheap” tradition is that major league teams have sought to sign players from Latin America as young as possible.

38 In Latin America, major league teams are not restrained in their recruiting practices by the draft or agreements between the MLB Commissioner’s Office and Latin professional leagues. Free agency reigns, giving each major league team the incentive to be the first to sign promising prospects in Latin American countries. ”39 Many North American and Puerto Rican draftees might envy the free agency enjoyed by Latin amateurs because the draftees must conform to a system that gives them more limited freedom to negotiate.

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