Creando Las Estrellas: Determining the Quality of the Dominican and Cuban Player Development Systems

Hearn, Samuel C. (2015) Creando Las Estrellas: Determining the Quality of the Dominican and Cuban Player Development Systems. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Douglass Sullivan-González from History, University of Mississippi.

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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.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hearn, Samuel C.
Student's Degree Program(s): Public Policy Leadership/Spanish
Thesis Advisor: Douglass Sullivan-González
Thesis Advisor's Department: History
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Depositing User: Samuel Hearn
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 18:53
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 18:53
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/480

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