The Dominican Republic‘s first baseball league was founded in 1890, and although it wasn’t until 1956 that the first Dominican played in Major League Baseball (Osvaldo/Ozzie Virgil Sr. with the New York Giants, for sports fans), over four hundred players in MLB have come from the country since then. The Dominican Summer League, a Rookie Academy for MLB, has often come under criticism for exploiting teenage Dominican players, but this has in no way quelled the nation’s passion for the sport – if anything it has made it stronger, since every MLB team has representation in the Dominican to keep an eye out for future stars.
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