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

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Two Dominican baseball players face challenges as they try to make it to the Major Leagues.

Cast & Crew

Trevor Martin
Director
Andrew J. Muscato
Executive Producer
Bobby Valentine
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Robert Castrignano
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Douglas Lorentz
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Robert Musumeci
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Ross Finkel
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Mary Manhardt
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Critic Reviews for Pelotero

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (4)

  • While riveting to watch... it's actually quite sad and even enraging to watch what plays out like a form of modern day slavery.

    May 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [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

    August 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    July 13, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 13, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 13, 2012 | Full Review…

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