DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Nearly 1,000 baseball prospects and their coaches protested outside the hotel of Major League Baseball (MLB) representative Sandy Alderson on Wednesday in Santo Domingo. Alderson has been tasked by MLB to curb the corruption besetting the Dominican baseball scene
Due to rampant age fraud, the use of performance enhancing drugs, and the theft of signing bonuses by unscrupulous Dominican recruiters, Alderson has devised several unilateral measures that he detailed in meetings with scouts of MLB teams. However, several scouts left with serious concerns.
Diariolibre.com reported that some scouts who met with Alderson confirmed under the condition of anonymity that Alderson’s proposals could signal the death of the Dominican Summer League while reducing the number of prospects signed by each MLB organization.
“If everything which has been proposed is implemented, it will not make sense to have academies here,” said one scout. “The teams will have to dismiss the scouts we have, only five players will be signed per organization, and what sense does it make to have an academy open when you cannot take those boys to the United States.”
During the meeting at the hotel Embajador, a large number of prospects and their coaches braved the scorching heat to yell “No to the Draft.” Several dozen policemen were called to restore peace and order.
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