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Bobby V.-produced documentary has MLB a bit cranky

Jul 2, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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There’s a new documentary coming out about the development, scouting and signing — and the excesses, pressures and manipulations — of free agent signings in the Dominican Republic. It contains hidden camera footage of Miguel Sano’s signing in 2009 and lots of other things Major League Baseball is not exactly happy with or proud of.

Ken Davidoff has a writeup about it in the Post, and the most fun part about it is that Bobby Valentine is a producer of the flick. Despite the fact that Major League Baseball is not happy with it because they claim it presents a distorted picture of what really goes on down there, Bobby V. stands behind it:

To Valentine, Muscato and the filmmakers, the film is more about the stories of two young men and their aspiration than an exposé of MLB’s role in the Dominican. And though Valentine is now back inside baseball, he said he has no regrets about committing to the project.

“I wasn’t going to stand in the way of the investors and of young producers making a living,” Valentine said. “If these were actors, then you’ve got to change the script. But it’s a documentary. You don’t do it if you don’t want it to be what’s real.”

Probably worth noting that, despite MLB’s protests, the filmmakers say that people from the MLB Investigations Office declined to be interviewed for the film.

Definitely sounds like it’s worth a view when it’s available.

  1. Jay Seaver - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    I saw it at IFFBoston a couple months ago, and it’s pretty good. One thing that really struck me was how often we’re given the impression of buscones being nothing but parasites and scam artists in most baseball coverage, whereas they come across pretty well here. It really makes the new signing rules seem even more exploitive.

    It’ll be playing Boston’s (well, Brookline’s) Coolidge Corner Theatre soon, with Bobby V hosting a preview screening. Not quite “Sugar”, but worth a look.

    (My review from the festival:

  2. bigleagues - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I’ll repeat . . . I LOVE BOBBY V!


    • paperlions - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I love that Connecticutters take pride in the “nutmeg” nickname, a name that arose because of scam artists that would carve wood to look like nutmeg (an expensive imported spice from Indonesia at the time). Not as bad as “sooners”, but still pretty funny.

      • justthepeanutgallery - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        us Nutmeggers would rather be known as Wood Carvers, or simply Carvers but it didn’t work out, so we’re owning our mistakes

      • Glenn - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        I believe that we got the nickname because we were the first state to pass a law against the fake nutmegs, so we have that going for us.

      • bigleagues - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:36 PM


        Yeah, that’s one theory. Arguably the weakest of them. Certainly not fact. Also ‘scam artists’ is a bit of a stretch, but whatever.

        Most likely is that Connecticut became the main import point of nutmeg to New England – which was obviously a valuable spice and especially as it became a key ingredient in countless recipes of New England origin and adaptation.

        Of course, I could just go and trump any and all and drop the hammer with


        (First Constitution in the New World).

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        I love CT, lived here in eastern CT for 6.5 yrs, love the woods, the streams, the coast, and the people.

        I just thought it was weird that a population in New England would name themselves after a spice that (at the time) was probably only grown in Indonesia.

      • bigleagues - Jul 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM


        Oh I’ll agree it’s a strange name.

        I lived on and off in ECT for the last 30 years. Just moved into the Hartford area over the Winter. Miss the Coastline.

        Small world.

  3. oldpaddy - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Since bobby v has something to do with it, I’d give it a 30% chance of it being an honest report.

    How many times has bobby v been caught in a lie this year? At this point I’d trust my congressman over bobby v.
    How do you know bobby v is lying? His lips are moving.

    • sabatimus - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      Lying? No. Sucking? Yes.

    • oldpaddy - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Google “bobby valentine liar” and you’ll find many, many examples of his lies.
      Just pointing out the facts.

  4. drewsylvania - Jul 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Anything that helps Bobby V get fired from MLB.

    • bigharold - Jul 2, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      So after this, when Valentine gets canned from from the RS what’s the over/under on him getting another Mamagers job, … 15 years?

      You’d think he would have learned his lesson having it take ten years between his last two jobs.

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