Screening of "Ballplayer: Pelotero"
with Isaac Solotaroff
Ballplayer: Pelotero is a gritty and rare look inside the recruitment of the top talent baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel Sano and Jean Carlos Batista are among 100,000 teenagers vying for a handful of coveted contracts with Major League baseball teams. As they turn 16 years old and become eligible to sign, each must navigate the fiercely competitive and frequently corrupt system if they are to lift their families out of crushing poverty and achieve their dream of playing in the Big Leagues. This film takes us inside this never before seen world for an up close and personal look at the human cost of profiting from America's national pastime.
"A Hoop Dreams for baseball"
- The Washington Post
"Gripping…fascinating…a vibrant tale."
- The New York Times
"An extraordinary work of investigative journalism."
- Wall Street Journal
Isaac Solotaroff (Producer) is a twice Emmy-nominated documentary director, producer and editor. He has directed four PBS documentaries since 2000 (Visioning Tibet, Los Romeros, and Belief Amended, Faith Revealed) and his most recent film Wham! Bam! Islam! debuted on Independent Lens in October, 2011.
Dinner to be provided.