In the last two decades, Major League baseball teams have scoured the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other Latin American countries for talent. For thousands of young athletes, it’s a golden opportunity. But a recent scandal involving the Washington Nationals is casting harsh light on the business of baseball outside our national borders. We explore the deep, intertwined links between baseball cultures in the U.S. and Latin America.


  • Adrian Burgos Jr. Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign; author "Playing America's Game: Baseball, Race, and Latinos" (University of California Press)
  • Dave Zirin Columnist, SLAM Magazine; Contributor, Nation Magazine; Online Columnist, Sports Illustrated (; author, "A People's History of Sports in the United States" (New Press)

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