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Dominican Republic

When Cuban emigrants brought baseball to the Dominican Republic in the 1880s, locals immediately caught "baseball fever." Numerous sugar mill and semi-professional teams sprang up, as did passionate support for the clubs. Baseball became so linked with Dominican identity that the legendary Ciudad Trujillo club of 1937 symbolized dictator Rafael Trujillo's political power.

Dominican baseball proved it was larger than politics when it blossomed after Trujillo's assassination and the embargo of Communist Cuba in the 1960s. With a vibrant winter league and a talent pool as deep as the country's love of the game, this small country has sent nearly 500 players to the majors.


Early major league star:
Felipe Rojas Alou
(debuted 1958)

Hall of Fame:
Juan Marichal

Leading Rivalries:
Águilas vs. Licey,
Escogido vs. Licey





Dominican Republic




Statistics
Dominicans in the Major Leagues by Decade

1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s
Active players 0 0 0 2 24 52 89 200 289
Games played 0 0 0 318 8,375 13,174 22,794 40,062 64,592
All-Star assignments * 0 0 0 16 9 27 32 74
Pitching wins 0 0 0 0 209 320 516 1,190 1,972
Home Runs 0 0 0 21 442 437 1,076 2,333 5,100

* The All-Star Game began in 1933