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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tragedies Lead to Calls for Change in the Dominican Republic

Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league has “comprehensive programs” in place, from educational and developmental sessions in the Dominican all the way up to employee assistance programs and security briefings at the major-league level. MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark expressed similar sentiments, adding, “Educated players make educated decisions.”

Some former players say it’s not enough.

“You can say whatever you say you have, but the results are not showing, which shows you should try harder,” said Batista, who last played in 2012. “It’s going to take more investment and care.”

Telemaco’s group aims to address the problem at the root, well before young players sign pro contracts. He will travel to the Dominican in early April, where he plans to meet with a representative from the country’s Ministry of Sports in hopes of receiving government support for Ni Uno Mas.

Next winter, Telemaco and his group plan to travel the entire country delivering their message. Current players have expressed interest in joining up.

“This is a movement,” Telemaco said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
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