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MLB should focus on developing US players

THE JULY 10 article in the Globe about a new documentary produced by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine that depicts alleged corruption in the signing of young Dominican baseball players was oustanding (“Valentine film delivers heat; Depiction of scouts in Dominican Republic upsets baseball world,” Page A1).

As a varsity baseball coach at Newburyport High School for 40 years, I have seen the decline in Americans getting the chance to play professional baseball. If Major League Baseball spent the time or the money developing American players, I think you would see a big rise in American participation, particularly in the larger cities. We have plenty of talent that could be developed here, rather than developing talent elsewhere for far fewer dollars and taking advantage of young kids from places like the Dominican Republic who don’t intend or don’t have the opportunity to go to college.

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Shame on Major League Baseball and kudos to Bobby Valentine and his crew for telling a story that many have known about for a long time. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg, and I hope this story is followed up.

William Pettingell


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