Dominican Baseball

New Pride, Old Prejudice

Alan Klein
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PB: $25.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1088-7
Publication: Mar 14

HC: $90.50
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Publication: Mar 14

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200 pages
6 x 9

From the author of Sugarball, a look at the important and contested relationship between Major League Baseball and Dominican player development


Pedro Martínez. Sammy Sosa. Manny Ramírez. By 2000, Dominican baseball players were in every Major League clubhouse, and regularly winning every baseball award. In 2002, Omar Minaya became the first Dominican general manager of a Major League team. But how did this codependent relationship between MLB and Dominican talent arise and thrive?

In his incisive and engaging book, Dominican Baseball, Alan Klein examines the history of MLB's presence and influence in the Dominican Republic, the development of the booming industry and academies, and the dependence on Dominican player developers, known as buscones. He also addresses issues of identity fraud and the use of performance-enhancing drugs as hopefuls seek to play professionally.

Dominican Baseball charts the trajectory of the economic flows of this transnational exchange, and the pride Dominicans feel in their growing influence in the sport. Klein also uncovers the prejudice that prompts MLB to diminish Dominican claims on legitimacy. This sharp, smartly argued book deftly chronicles the uneasy and often contested relations of the contemporary Dominican game and industry.

Table of Contents


1 Thinking about the Global Commodity Chain
2 The Rise of the Academy System
3 A Nation of Buscones
4 Astín Jacobo and the “New Dominicans”
5 Demonizing Dominicans
6 “It Felt like the Marines All Over Again”: The Battle for Dominican Baseball


About the Author(s)

Alan Klein is a Professor of Sociology-Anthropology at Northeastern University. He is the author of Sugarball: The American Game, the Dominican Dream; Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseball; and Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos.