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"The Revolution Of Baseball" traces the origins of baseball in the Dominican Republic, including a critical examination of problems.

Ever since Cuban expatriates brought the game of béisbol to the Dominican Republic in the 1870s, the island has had a profound passion for the game.  The first professional league started in 1890, and in the 50 years since the first Dominican played in the majors, over 500 players from the country have played in the big leagues.

As it has evolved over more than a century, the Dominican influence has revolutionized the game of baseball.  All 30 MLB teams currently have development academies in the Dominican Republic; the economic impact of baseball on the country exceeds $125 million annually even though only two prospects in 100 will succeed.

But the revolution has not been without problems; the system has been plagued with a variety of obstacles that have brought great scrutiny and concerns over the future of baseball in the country. Many of these issues are related to the amount of money spent in an impoverished country; the pursuit of the pot of gold had led to organized deception and fraud that threatens to undermined the very integrity of the game of baseball which has become increasingly dependent of the development of Latin American players, with the Dominican Republic Ground Zero in the baseball arms race.

The main problems facing Dominican baseball are age and identity fraud, steroid usage, and the lack of education for prospects, all brought on by the financial incentive to exploit young players, many who drop out of school to pursue the dream of baseball.  Many of these problems are traced to buscones, the independent scouts who identify and train prospects to sell to the highest bidders – Major League Baseball teams. But buscones are only one part of the evolution of Dominican baseball.

The Dominican Republic has had a dynamic impact on with America’s past time, and it continues to grow as a key incubator of Major League Baseball talent.  Dominican influence on America’s baseball market will only increase in the future.

The documentary, “The Revolution Of Baseball,” will trace the origins of baseball in the Dominican Republic, including a critical examination of the problems, as well as take a look at the current reform movement that is attempting to address those problems, through the eyes of historians, the Dominican players who have navigated the system, the independent trainers who are blamed for all the problems, as well as those who have become part of the solution.

                             Dominican Baseball Data

First Dominican Player:

Ozzie Virgil, 1956

First MVP:
George Bell, 1987 (AL)

Dominican MVP's:
George Bell, 1987 (AL)
Sammy Sosa, 1998 (NL)
Miguel Tejada, 2002 (AL)
Alex Rodriguez, 2003 (AL)
Vladimir Guerrero, 2004 (AL)
Alex Rodriguez, 2005 (AL)
Albert Pujols, 2005 (NL)

First Cy Young:
Pedro Martínez, 1997 (NL)

Dominican Cy Young Winners:
Pedro Martínez, 1997 (NL)
Pedro Martínez, 1999 (AL)
Pedro Martínez, 2000 (AL)
Bartolo Colón, 2005 (AL)

First Rookie of the Year:
Alfredo Griffin, 1979 (AL)
(Shared with John Castino)

Dominican ROY:
Alfredo Griffin, 1979 (AL)
Raúl Mondesí, 1994 (NL)
Rafael Furcal, 2000 (NL)
Angel Berroa, 2003 (AL)
Hanley Ramírez, 2006 (NL)

First Manager of the Year:
Felipe Alou, 1994 (NL)

Dominican Managers of the Year:
Felipe Alou, 1994 (NL)
Tony Peña, 2003 (AL)

First Hall of Famer:

Juan Marichal, 1983

1st Leader in Wins:
Juan Marichal, 25, 1963 (NL)
(Shared with Sandy Koufax

1st leader in ERA:
Juan Marichal, 2.10, 1969 (NL)  

1st leader in strikeouts:
José De León, 201, 1989 (NL)

1st Batting title:
Mateo Alou, .342, 1966 (NL)

1st home run leader:
Sammy Sosa, 50, 2000 (NL)

1st RBI leader:
George Bell, 134, 1987 (AL)

1st leader in stolen bases:
Franklin Taveras, 70, 1977 (NL)

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The risks and challenges include identifying and securing the right experts to lay out and explain the true story of Dominican baseball which is continually mischaracterized in film and in the media. Together with my partner, Charles Farrell, we have over 20 years of experience with Dominican baseball, which has permitted us to develop relationships with people on all sides of the equation, which will allow us to present a fair and honest documentary on Dominican baseball which will help even the non-baseball fan to understand and appreciate the dynamics of Dominican baseball.

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