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A Dominican boy waits for his turn at (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

A Dominican boy waits for his turn at bat as he practices at San Pedro de Marcoris.

Baseball in the Dominican Republic

A Dominican boy waits for his turn at
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

A Dominican boy waits for his turn at bat as he practices at San Pedro de Marcoris.

A Dominican boy takes his turn at bat
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

A Dominican boy takes his turn at bat as he practices at San Pedro de Marcoris.

Children practice in a local league called La
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Children practice in a local league called La Mercedes in Santo Domingo.

A Dominican boy waits for his turn at
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

A Dominican boy waits for his turn at bat as he practices at El Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo.

Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes to reach the
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Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes to reach the big leagues as a right-handed pitcher in Santo Domingo.

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Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes that baseball is
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes that baseball is a ticket out of poverty.

Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes to reach the
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

Miguel Angel Jose, 15, hopes to reach the big leagues as a right-handed pitcher in Santo Domingo.

Jose Manuel de los Santos, 14, practices at
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Jose Manuel de los Santos, 14, practices at San Pedro de Marcoris dreams of making it to the Major Leagues someday so he can help his family.

Ronald Techon, 12, plays catcher in a baseball
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Ronald Techon, 12, plays catcher in a baseball league at San Pedro de Marcoris. Like thousands of children in the Dominican Republic, Ronald dreams of one day making it to the Major Leagues.

Jose Manuel de los Santos, 14, practices at
(Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

Jose Manuel de los Santos, 14, practices at San Pedro de Marcoris. Jose Manuel dreams of making it to the Major Leagues someday so he can help his family and town and follow the steps of his idol, Robinson Cano. For thousands of children in the Dominican Republic, baseball is a ticket out of poverty.

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