Stealing Lives: The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic Story of Alexis Quiroz

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While some Latin American superstars have overcome discrimination to strike gold in baseball's big leagues, thousands more Latin American players never make it to "The Show." Stealing
Lives focuses on the plight of one Venezuelan teenager and documents abuses that take place against
Latin children and young men as baseball becomes a global business. The authors reveal that in their efforts to secure cheap ...

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Overview

While some Latin American superstars have overcome discrimination to strike gold in baseball's big leagues, thousands more Latin American players never make it to "The Show." Stealing
Lives focuses on the plight of one Venezuelan teenager and documents abuses that take place against
Latin children and young men as baseball becomes a global business. The authors reveal that in their efforts to secure cheap labor, Major League teams often violate the basic human rights of children.

As a young boy growing up in Venezuela, Alexis Quiroz dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. Alexis's dreams were like those of thousands of other boys in the Dominican
Republic and Venezuela, and Major League teams encouraged such dreams by recruiting Latin children as young as 10 and 11 years old. Determined to become a big league player, Alexis finished high school early and dedicated himself to landing a contract with a Major League team. Alexis signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1995 at age 17 and then began a harrowing ordeal of exploitation,
mistreatment, and disrespect at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, including playing for the Cubs'
Dominican Summer League team in appalling living conditions. Alexis's baseball career came to an abrupt end by an injury for which the Cubs provided no adequate medical treatment. The story continues, however, with Alexis's pursuit of justice in the United States to ensure that other
Venezuelan and Dominican boys do not encounter similar experiences.

What happened to Alexis is not an isolated case-Major League teams routinely deny Latin children and young men the basic protections that their U.S. counterparts take for granted. This exploitation violates international legal standards on labor standards and the human rights of children. Stealing Lives concludes by analyzing various reforms to redress the inequities big league baseball creates in its globalization.

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Editorial Reviews

St. Petersburg Times

"[Stealing Lives] is a book that anyone concerned about the future of baseball, the challenges of economic globalization and basic human rights should read. Baseball fans might not look at the Fernandez or the Hernandez or the Ramirez on the roster of their favorite major league teams in quite the same way." —St. Petersburg Times

From the Publisher
"[Stealing Lives] is a book that anyone concerned about the future of baseball, the challenges of economic globalization and basic human rights should read. Baseball fans might not look at the Fernandez or the Hernandez or the Ramirez on the roster of their favorite major league teams in quite the same way." —St. Petersburg Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253341914
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Arturo J. Marcano Guevara, a Venezuelan lawyer and the International Legal Advisor to the Venezuelan Baseball Players Association, frequently appears in the Latin American media in connection with baseball issues.

David P. Fidler, Professor of Law at Indiana
University, is an international lawyer who has served as a consultant on matters of law and public policy to numerous governmental agencies and international organizations.

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Preface

Part I—Building the Global Ballpark
Chapter 1: The "Golden Age" of Latin
American Baseball Talent in Major League Baseball
Chapter 2: The Globalization of Baseball

Chapter 3: The Structure and Dynamics of MLB Recruitment
of Foreign Baseball
Talent

Part II—Exploitation and Mistreatment in the Global Ballpark: The
Tragic Baseball Story of Alexis Quiroz
Chapter 4: "Papá, I Want to Play Baseball!"

Chapter 5: Going to Vietnam
Chapter 6: In Baseball Purgatory
Chapter
7: The Mesa Miracle
Chapter 8: The Dominican Disaster
Chapter 9: "That's Just
Your Story"
Chapter 10: The Pursuit of Justice Goes Terribly Wrong
Chapter 11:
7th Inning Stretch: Chicago, New York, Maracay
Chapter 12: The Final Inning

Part III—Repairing the Global Ballpark
Chapter 13: Human Rights,
Labor Standards, and MLB Exploitation of Children in Latin America
Chapter 14: Global
Ballpark Repair Strategies

Epilogue
Bibliography

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Great read!

    I have to recomend this one, this is the story of one of the 97% of the players that sign every year with the hope of make it to the big leagues and big bank accounts and never do it...really good read..

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