Ballplayer: Pelotero (2012)



Critic Consensus: Gripping and surprisingly nuanced, Ballplayer: Pelotero is a frank exploration of the nature of corruption in baseball recruitment.

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This compelling documentary, narrated by John Leguizamo and executive produced by Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, is a gritty and never before seen look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos are two of the top prospects and they are both about to turn 16, which means they can be signed to an MLB farm team and ultimately move up to the majors. Ballplayer: Pelotero filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Directed By: , ,
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On DVD: Sep 4, 2012
Box Office: $44.7k
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Critic Reviews for Ballplayer: Pelotero

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (16)

[The] Directors...try to soften...ugly truths with sentimental stories of teenagers getting signed and pulling their families out of poverty, but the portrait of widespread exploitation overwhelms the intended effect...[ END HERE ]of these subplots

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's an eye-opening look at a flawed, potentially exploitative system and how it is being gamed from all sides of the table -- the story of the collision of youthful dreams and a cutthroat adult cartel.

Full Review… | July 16, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Hard-hitting sports doc examines the darker side of the recruitment of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic for the major leagues.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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What gives Pelotero its edge is a nexus of corruption, exploitation and betrayal that transforms this well-shot, cannily edited item into an engrossing expose.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Top Critic

The next time I see some superstar athlete giving an interview that suggests the absence of a functioning soul, I'll think of the two tense, joyless boys at the center of this quietly devastating documentary.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Wall Street Journal
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A documentary narrated by John Leguizamo that provides a seldom-seen look inside the training camps run by MLB in that impoverished nation.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Ballplayer: Pelotero

Kinda the Hoop Dreams for baseball in the Dominican Republic. MLB does not come off looking good in this. Recommended for baseball fans.

David Teller

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