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The country has never hosted a W. The Dominican Republic has produced a total of major league players, including about who have appeared in the majors this season.
No country outside the United States has come close to producing more players than the Caribbean nation. It would be a nice opportunity, not just for other Latinos but for the Americans to see our country. Puerto Rico and Japan have been the most popular destinations, and Mexico has become a recent go-to: four series, including three during the regular season, have been played in Monterrey since the start of But since , the Dominican Republic has hosted just four games: two games between the Montreal Expos and the Mets in , and two between the Houston Astros and Red Sox the following year, all of them exhibitions.
Playing regular-season baseball in England and the Dominican Republic are not mutually exclusive, of course.
But it creates odd optics for some when M. In the collective bargaining agreement, M. The Dominican Republic was listed as an option, along with Puerto Rico for May and May , and it was also one of three choices, along with Puerto Rico or Mexico, for a spring training game.
The best way to start that process is by taking games live. And I think we saw London as one of those opportunities. London is known as the financial capital of the world. The Dominican Republic has a population of nearly 11 million, six times smaller than the United Kingdom.
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With all 30 clubs having established academies there, the country is a significant source of cheaper labor — signing bonuses for many teenage amateurs are just several thousand dollars, while a few top talents sign for millions. Most of the stadiums used by the professional winter league teams there are at least four decades old.
Carlos Correa, the star shortstop for the Houston Astros, hails from Puerto Rico, but when he was in Monterrey earlier this year he welcomed the opportunity to make games in Latin America more regular.