Honors Theses

Date of Award

12-2015

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

Douglass Sullivan-González

Relational Format

Thesis/Dissertation

Abstract

Recently, there has been a huge rise in the number of Cuban ballplayers, or peloteros, as the baseball playing Latinos are known. Why do Major League Baseball (MLB) teams go to such lengths to sign Cubans, when a heavy presence already exists in Cuba’s Caribbean neighbor, the Dominican Republic? Through the comparison educational systems, statistics of each country’s elite players, and comparative accounts of the Dominican and Cuban player development systems, the contrast between the two systems is evident. Though the Dominican system creates a large return in the investment MLB teams make in the country, the socialized sport system propels Cuba to create the ideal pelotero.

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