Ballplayer: Pelotero

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  • Summary: This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!, Ice Age, Carlito's Way) is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sanó and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for aThis compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!, Ice Age, Carlito's Way) is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sanó and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with baseball teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of poverty and achieve their dream: to one day play in the Big Leagues. Filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, and Jon Paley take you inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the cost of the American dream. (Strand Releasing) Expand

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 12, 2012
    90
    Commendably, the film, narrated by John Leguizamo, sugarcoats nothing, and the people involved - the players, their trainers, their parents, the scouts - are remarkably forthright.
  2. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Jul 12, 2012
    88
    A well-crafted, bravely revealing little film that could be considered essential education for baseball fans. It's just a bonus that the documentary is so entertaining.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 13, 2012
    80
    Although there are numerous interviews with various people both directly involved with or peripheral to the action, the most compelling figure on display is a particularly articulate coach who proves all too determined to have his protégé succeed. The fact that he works strictly on commission is certainly no small element of his zeal.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    The doc is a sly, interesting achievement: It opens as an entertaining sports story and closes as a metaphor for government corruption.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    The filmmakers investigate, but can't answer every tough question. There are so many people who could be potentially taking advantage of these players, it's hard to sort out the wrongdoers.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 12, 2012
    70
    Major League Baseball has passed new rules for the Dominican system, according to the film's closing credits, rules that will limit signing bonuses. Yet the harvest will continue, and it's not a pretty sight.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jul 11, 2012
    60
    Essential, if artless, baseball exposé.

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  1. Mar 28, 2013
    8
    A very well made documentary, baseball fans will find it fascinating. Poverty, dreams, corruption, bureaucrats, cash and baseball. I hope theyA very well made documentary, baseball fans will find it fascinating. Poverty, dreams, corruption, bureaucrats, cash and baseball. I hope they make a sequel and follow Sano to the Show Expand

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