DAJABON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- JUNE 7 2005: On a rural field near the Haitian border, young men wait to show their skills to scouts who represent the Major League teams. If selected the boys will be invited to attend one of the academies in the capital San Pedro where they will be tested to see if they have the neccesary qualities for the Major Leagues. On this day none of the boys were selected. PHOTO BY BRENT STIRTON/GETTY IMAGES

The Latinization of Baseball

San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 9 June 2005: A young foal crosses an old defunct baseball field after a rainstorm in San Pedro de Macoris. This legendary baseball city has produced more major league players than any other in the Dominican and is considered an important part of the heritage of Dominican baseball.

The Latinization of Baseball

Boca de Nigua, Dominican Republic 5 June 2005: One of the Met's hottest new prospects, Cuban defector Alay Solera practises his pitching at the Mets Academy in Dominican. He is waiting for his US visa to come through. Soler is already good enough for the major leagues and was paid an alleged signing fee of 2.8 million dollars for a three year contract. For most of the latin players baseball represents the only possibility of a better life.

 DAJABON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- JUNE 7 2005: On a rural field near the Haitian border, young men wait to show their skills to scouts who represent the Major League teams. If selected the boys will be invited to attend one of the academies in the capital San Pedro where they will be tested to see if they have the neccesary qualities for the Major Leagues. On this day none of the boys were selected. PHOTO BY BRENT STIRTON/GETTY IMAGES
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DAJABON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC- JUNE 7 2005: On a rural field near the Haitian border, young men wait to show their skills to scouts who represent the Major League teams. If selected the boys will be invited to attend one of the academies in the capital San Pedro where they will be tested to see if they have the neccesary qualities for the Major Leagues. On this day none of the boys were selected. PHOTO BY BRENT STIRTON/GETTY IMAGES

The Latinization of Baseball

San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 9 June 2005: A young foal crosses an old defunct baseball field after a rainstorm in San Pedro de Macoris. This legendary baseball city has produced more major league players than any other in the Dominican and is considered an important part of the heritage of Dominican baseball.

The Latinization of Baseball

Boca de Nigua, Dominican Republic 5 June 2005: One of the Met's hottest new prospects, Cuban defector Alay Solera practises his pitching at the Mets Academy in Dominican. He is waiting for his US visa to come through. Soler is already good enough for the major leagues and was paid an alleged signing fee of 2.8 million dollars for a three year contract. For most of the latin players baseball represents the only possibility of a better life.

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