The Toronto Blue Jays’ Roster Is A Perfect Example Of How Different Baseball Is in the Dominican Republic
Saturday November 24th, 2012
Jake Dal Porto (Baseball Writer):
While it is nothing more than an observation, the Toronto Blue Jays are stacked with players from the Dominican Republic. Generally, baseball’s best players come from this small Caribbean, and with ten players from the Dominican Republic on their current roster, the trends favor the Blue Jays.
But the question is, why are players from that region so highly regarded?
Well, there are many reasons. From a more broad stand point, baseball in the Dominican Republic is a national passion, and the cream of the crop are playing baseball year-round.
Since baseball is essentially all kids have in terms of the selection of sports, the odds of elite players being produced out of that area are dramatically higher. Plus, there are just fewer distractions in general-no phones, TVs, and computers. A list of distractions could drag on for days, but the main point here is that players from the DR play baseball all day everyday.
Without a hard-working attitude, goals are certainly tough to achieve. Dominican Republicans are the definition of hard-working, however, mainly because that type of mindset is stapled into the minds of young children. It’s what they’re born with in simpler words. According to a report, Dominican Republican posses strong and looser arms than American due to their work-ethic.
And the coaching philosophy is predicated on strong fundamentals and mechanics, instead of pure athleticism. There are obviously exceptions to that rule, but for the most part, players who come out of the Dominican Republic are flawless fundamentally. The “new world” tactics, for example, are often avoided by coaches in the DR because they aren’t fundamentally sound.
Instead, it’s basically “see ball, hit ball.” There are few windows to over-analyze a pitcher with limited scouting reports and technology in that specific area. Americans on the other-hand have the advantage of these newly developed softwares to give them an edge of their opposition. Sometimes, too much information is the wrong path to take, though. So, a simple approach is commonly the most successful approach in the Dominican Republic. The results speak to themselves too, as two of baseball’s greatest players to ever toe the diamond in Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez are from the Dominican Republic.
The Blue Jays certainly can’t gauge their future success on this. Although, it’s interesting to see that the majority of their lineup is from the DR—Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, and Emilio Bonifacio. Toronto also has a few pitchers sprinkled in the group.
It would be far-fetched to assume that Toronto is building their roster around Dominican Republicans. It’s really just the luck of the draw, as the talent level of players have the most value. Usually, general managers don’t make decisions based on said player’s originality. That would be racist, but also be no better than tossing a coin. Ironically, though, the talent level of the Blue Jays’ Dominican Republican Players is pretty high. Again, that speaks to how different the baseball world is in the DR.
Are the Blue Jays going to win the American East because they have boatload of players from the Dominican Republic? No way. But it just goes to show how many solid players come from that area, and how many have united on the Blue Jays.
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Jake Dal Porto is a Baseball Writer with MLB reports and a student from the Bay Area. Jake’s favorite sports moment was when the Giants won the World Series back in 2010. He loves to use sabermetrics in his work. He thinks they are the best way to show a player’s real success compared to the basic stats such as ERA, RBIs, and Wins. Jake also enjoys interacting and debating with his readers. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @TheJakeMan24
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Posted on November 24, 2012, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged dominican republic, edwin encarnacion, emilio bonifacio, george bell, jose bautista, jose reyes, juan guzman, manny lee, melky cabrera, tony fernandez, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.