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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: andy marte, dominican republic, yordano ventura

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:07 PM (#5420176)
Amaury Telemaco.

Article seems to be behind a pay wall.
   2. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 20, 2017 at 05:23 PM (#5420191)
“This is a movement,” Telemaco said.

And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said
fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and
walking out. And friends they may think it's a movement.

And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and
all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around on the
   3. K-BAR, J-BAR (trhn) Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:42 PM (#5420242)
I remember watching Amaury Telemaco's first start on TV. He threw 5 2/3 no-hit innings on his way to 7 one-hit innings. I can recall him pouting a little when he finally gave up a single. Looking at the game logs, it looks like that wound up the second best start (by Game Score) of his career.
   4. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:56 PM (#5420255)
Those 25 words I was able to read were compelling.
   5. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: March 20, 2017 at 07:02 PM (#5420257)
It's interesting how some guys stay in the majors for years without actually being any good. Telemarco played nine seasons in MLB (albeit bouncing up and down to/from AAA almost every year) and produced a 23-35 record and a -0.8 WAR, fourth lowest from 1996-2005 with at least 500 IP (behind Jamie Navarro, Kevin Jarvis and the infamous Todd van Poppel). His main claim to fame was being a semi-bright spot in the expansion D-Backs rotation in '98. (And he wasn't even a lefty!)
   6. Cargo Cultist Posted: March 20, 2017 at 08:00 PM (#5420294)
Terribly unsafe roads, dangerous traffic, young men lacking in responsible judgment, fast cars (or boats), alcohol, drugs, hot women...what could go wrong?
   7. PreservedFish Posted: March 20, 2017 at 08:19 PM (#5420305)
Third world driving is really something else.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: March 20, 2017 at 10:08 PM (#5420347)
It's interesting how some guys stay in the majors for years without actually being any good.

Jerome Williams, although he was quite good once. He even tossed 17 innings last year. Anyway, from 2006-16, -1 WAR in 647 innings; 86 starts, 85 relief, 77 ERA+. You can have a nice career if your arm can withstand 5 innings on demand, even if they aren't particularly good innings. Career earnings somewhere north of $9 M.

Jamey Wright also had a long and fine career. But if you saw him at age 27, and then posting a 4.37 ERA in AAA at 28, or a couple of years later at ages 30-31, you'd have never guessed he had another 8 season of 575 innings of relief coming his way. Career earnings around $17-18 M.

Brett Tomko also had a long and fine career, I include him here only because he was still pitching in AAA as recently as 2014 at the age of 41. For his career, 545 IP at AAA, 319 of them after age 35.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: March 20, 2017 at 10:49 PM (#5420360)
Russ Springer from age 23 to 37 was allowed to appear in 518 games while putting up an 90 ERA+ (mostly in relief!) and a total of -0.5 WAR, perfectly fitting the criteria of a guy in the league forever whithout ever being good. (A couple of his seasons look superficially pretty good, but they all have the air of a relief pitcher getting lucky in a low innings total.) Then at 38 he goes to St Louis and suddenly manages a 191 ERA+ over two seasons. Then it's a season of mediocrity in Oakland and a BABIP jumping way up as his arm falls apart, and then the wheels come completely off. Anyway, Springer had his two big seasons, but that was after nearly a decade and a half spent out there just taking up space and not doing very much.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 20, 2017 at 11:06 PM (#5420368)
I guess you're just talking about pitchers, but Doug Flynn and Johnny Disaster both come to mind.

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