Baseball documentary “Ballplayer: Pelotero” is hitting the screens on July 13th, but it is already drawing some criticism from MLB executives.
The film follows Miguel Sano and his journey from the Dominican Republic into organized baseball in the States. However, it shows the underbelly of baseball talent pipeline that is the Dominican. Before anyone signed Sano, who is considered a prospect, there were questions about his age. This is common in Latin America, but this one seemed to have a twist of its own.
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan wrote a great article detailing more of the situation with Sano. You can read that here.
The film follows Sano and Jean Carlos Batista up to and following the July 2, 2009 signing date for 16-year-old international players .
The film’s executive producer is someone who is no stranger to controversy with Major League Baseball in Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. The commissioner’s office called the Red Sox to express their concerns with the film.
The film will debut on July 13th in theaters, on demand, and online via i-Tunes and Amazon.
You can find more information about the film at http://www.peloterothemovie.com. There you can watch the trailer for the film.
The film will debut in the following cities:
Lake Worth, FL
And on July 20th Denver