"Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth," said Roberto Clemente. Latino players take his words to heart. Many return to their countries and play in the winter leagues, building the game at the grassroots level. Others give back by building schools, ballparks, and even entire leagues.
Yankees All-Star closer Mariano Rivera not only shares the joy of playing baseball with local children in his native Panama, he also helped finance a new elementary school there
1999, shortstop Édgar Rentería re-established and financed the winter league in his native Colombia as a way of growing the game. These caps, from Cartegena and Barranquilla, represent the greatest rivalry in the Colombian Professional Baseball League.