Are Latino players exploited by MLB?

(MSNBC) Major League Baseball has received a lot of credit in recent years for its diversity on the field.

The number of African-American players in the game may have decreased in the past 20 years, but so has the number of white players. In their place has risen an increasing number of players from Latin America, young athletes leaping at the chance to rise from the poverty of the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Cuba in search of a better life and riches through baseball.

But although baseball has been credited with giving many young Latinos a way to escape from poverty, the system – and MLB in turn – has been accused of exploiting these same players.

Most major league teams run baseball academies in Latin American countries where they scout, train, woo and sign talented young players with which to stockpile their minor league systems.

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