Peloteros

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“Peloteros” is the name of which baseball and softball players are known by in the Caribbean.

Baseball is considered by Dominicans as "the king of sports”. Introduced in the country by Cuban immigrants in the nineteenth century, it is today a sign of identity for its people, being the largest exporter to major leagues in the United States of America. But not all Dominicans who play baseball, or "pelota" (as they call it), outside the Dominican Republic do it in big American clubs or National League. Most of them are emigrants who have had to leave their country looking for a better life and future.

In Spain, the Dominican community is one of the largest immigrant communities and, of course, continues to play baseball. With the arrival of good weather improvised baseball fields begin to emerge across hundreds of Spanish cities. Every Sunday becomes a party. Not only for hitting the ball and running the bases, it is also a day to be together and remember the roots of a country that has been left behind. Players and their families all come together for a day to live the Dominican way and enjoy the food, the drinks, the music and above all, a good game of “pelota”.

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