Ever since the Caribbean basin embraced baseball, Latin players have dreamt of the higher competition and better pay afforded by pro ball in the United States. Fulfillment of these dreams has not come easily.
The battle to break racial, political and cultural barriers, including language, has proven long and difficult. The success of Latin players in overcoming these obstacles testifies to their resiliency and determination.
As both baseball and the U.S. have become more open to diversity, increased scouting and new Caribbean baseball academies have helped turn barriers into opportunities.
"We are not American, we are different, maybe that is why we are able to survive." - Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou, June 1993