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This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!, Ice Age, Carlito's Way) is a gritty and rare look inside Major League Baseball's (MLB) recruitment of top talent in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with MLB teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty and achieve their dream: to one day play in the Major Leagues. Filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley take you inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the cost of the American dream.
In English and Spanish with English Subtitles
Even the non-fan can appreciate! The good, bad, and ugly of big league baseball in the Dominican Republic. --Mike Silva, NY Baseball Digest
An engrossing expose! --Ronnie Scheib, Variety
I show this documentary to my Spanish students (9,10, 11, 12 grade). They really enjoy it, specially if they are into sports. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maria M.
Great story-line. My students enjoyed it but I had to censor one part where the players were learning English and the Spanish was subtitled with the F-bomb. Ugh!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Regibus
Unfortunately, the dvd wouldn't load in my dvd player. Will have to try it on my computer.Published 13 months ago by Jesse Cole
This doc film is a great insight into the lives of the Dominican republic baseball prospects and the new "American" pasttime. Check it out....Worth watching!Published 18 months ago by A.J. Ray
My nephews love baseball. I thought it would be a good idea to get this video for them. They have enjoyed it.Published 18 months ago by Andres Vazquez
This documentary was interesting and a bit disturbing at the same time. Children whose future rests on their ability to be chosen by a MLB team to play baseball. Read morePublished 19 months ago by LisaC
Was a sad view of baseball and what happens to kids from this area of the world. Managers and MLB all don't have their best interests at heart and some start as young as 10, sign... Read morePublished 20 months ago by C.V. in Silver Spring
A baseball version of Hoop Dreams narrated by John Leguizamothis is the story of Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista who are 16-year-old (supposedly) on the island of the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ellison