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A baseball revival in Puerto Rico?

Jan 4, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

Carlos Correa AP

Puerto Rico used to send scads of ballplayers into the majors. But starting in 1990 its players became subject to the major league draft, which many argue killed the incentives for teams to aggressively scout the island and for local baseball authorities to support training, the building of new facilities and the like.

This Associated Press story, however, notes that there is a revival afoot:

In the past year, Major League Baseball reported the second-highest number of signings from Puerto Rico since 2000. The U.S. territory also has seen the opening of new baseball academies and an expansion of its winter league teams … MLB plans to start tournaments and after-school programs across the island to further stimulate interest in the sport, said Kim Ng, the organization’s senior vice president for baseball operations.

Ng credits the Carlos Correa being the first pick in the draft this past year as evidence that things are looking up and credits his high draft position with reinvigorating the game in Puerto Rico.

Is it a fluke or is this the product of MLB’s investment in baseball on the island?  Or something else?  I dunno. But it’s good to see what was once a baseball hotbed starting to produce MLB-quality talent again.

  1. mattyflex - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I don’t care what nationality or race you are, Ng is not a last name.

    • klbader - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Anna Ng and I both disagree with you.

    • stex52 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Unless, of course, you happen to be of Chinese extraction. Then it is quite common.

  2. blacksables - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    What happens if ‘the Island’ get statehood? Should they still be exempt from the draft?

    And if they are, what about Mississippi, the poorest state in the nation?

    Why shouldn’t the Puerto Ricans have to be subject to the same rules as all the other citizens of the United States?

    Considering they don’t have to pay federal taxes, they have advantages the rest of us don’t.

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