In recent years, more ballplayers have come to the United States from the Dominican Republic than any other country. As they take their place among the game's new superstars, even larger numbers of Dominicans enter the minors.
Dominican native Hanley Ramírez, the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year, brings new fans to the game in both the U.S. and the Caribbean.
In 2002, Dominican-born Omar Minaya became the major leagues' first Latin general manager, running the Expos for three seasons before moving to the Mets.
Bat and ball from Dominican slugger Sammy Sosa's 62nd homer of the season on September 13, 1998, temporarily tying Mark McGwire at a new homer plateau
Boston Red Sox jersey worn by Dominican David Ortiz during the 2004 World Series victory after earning his reputation as a clutch-hitter by winning the ALDS with a walk-off homer and securing the ALCS MVP with game-winning hits in Games Four and Five
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took a trip around the bases in these shoes after homering in the eighth inning of Boston's 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on September 15, 2009. The home run was the 270th for Big Papi as a designated hitter to set the major league record.
On July 4, 2012 in Oakland, Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz came to bat in the fourth inning and performed his regular ritual at the plate, spitting into these batting gloves and slapping them together. Then the Dominican slugger clouted a solo home run, the 400th of his 16-year major league career. The blast made Ortiz the 49th big leaguer and 21st left-hander to reach the milestone.
David Ortiz had a World Series for the ages in 2013, hitting for an amazing .688 average (11-for-16) and 1.948 OPS (on-base plus slugging) to earn the Fall Classic's MVP Award. This bat is one that Big Papi swung in his remarkable 2013 postseason.
Dominican All-Star Vladimir Guerrero began his career with Montreal, where he blossomed into one of baseball's most exciting players.
Bat used by Vladimir Guerrero with the Montreal Expos to record his final hit (a home run) of a 31-game hit streak, August 26, 1999
All-Star Game fan button for Guerrero from 2004, his first year in the American League
The first Rockies pitcher to toss a no-hitter, Dominican Ubaldo Jiménez wore this cap defeating the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on April 17, 2010. This ball also comes from the 4-0 victory.