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Also, is it really true that the talent from Puerto Rico has dried up since the draft was instituted in 1990? I've seen this as a throwaway line in a few articles on this subject but never seen any analysis behind it.
WAR Player61.1 Carlos Beltrán40.2 Javier Vázquez39.0 Jorge Posada14.9 José Vidro11.3 Joel Piñeiro 7.1 J.C. Romero
WAR Player63.7 Iván Rodríguez62.9 Roberto Alomar45.9 Bernie Williams40.4 Carlos Delgado35.1 Juan González27.2 Javy López24.5 Benito Santiago17.2 Carlos Baerga13.0 Rubén Sierra11.6 Sandy Alomar, Jr.11.5 José Hernández11.3 Omar Olivares
So the Benito Santiagos and Carlos Baergas are now in the NBA?
WAR Player64.4 Edgar Martínez
I am a strong opponent of the amateur draft for American players, so obviously I can't support it for Dominican players either.
I don't know if its enough to explain the decline in Puerto Rican-born ballplayers, but the population of the island is actually declining, due to migration to the mainland United States.
Voros, I assume that you've laid out the reasoning for this somewhere, and I am interested in checking it out. Can you throw out a link?
Brian, is anything actually revealed by the hidden camera sting? Based on this article, I can't quite tell the point of it.
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