Plátano Power: Understanding the Rise of Dominicans in Major League Baseball

Fields, Patrick (2014) Plátano Power: Understanding the Rise of Dominicans in Major League Baseball. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez from History, The University of Mississippi.

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Over the last decade, baseball players from the Dominican Republic have had an astounding presence in the top professional league in the U.S.: Major League Baseball. Just last season (2013), over 10% of MLB players hailed from this tiny, dusty, and poor Caribbean nation, and even the most casual baseball fan is sure to recognize some of the country’s greats. This begs an often asked question: Why are so many Dominicans in MLB? Combining historical accounts, contemporary ethnographic material, and primary data, this study elucidates the reasons that are driving and sustaining the “Dominicanization” of MLB. These are the historic socio-cultural hegemony of the sport in Dominican society, the economic incentives associated with the modern game, and the highly efficient system of recruitment and development that MLB operates in the country.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Fields, Patrick
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies
Thesis Advisor: Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez
Thesis Advisor's Department: History
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Patrick Fields
Date Deposited: 05 May 2014 16:52
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 13:50

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