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US baseball is being taken over by players from the Dominican Republic. And what does the success of the Indian Premier League mean for the future of cricket?

By David Goldblatt   July 2008

The Dominican takeover of baseball

Imagine a world in which Jamaicans make up 10 per cent of Premiership players and 40 per cent of squads in the rest of British professional football. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have just opened a £5m training academy on Montego Bay, leaving Wigan as the only top-flight side without a permanent presence on the island. Unbelievable? This is precisely analogous to the state of American baseball and its relationship to the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean nation of only 9m people.

Over the last 40 years, college athletes in the US have increasingly opted for basketball and…

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