In 2004, professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez told a sports editor for the Santo Domingo paper El Nacional that he was “more Dominican than a plantain.” While a US citizen by birth, Rodriguez was laying claim to belonging in one of the global South's most recognized baseball nations for a number of reasons, not least of which were his Dominican parents. In addition to instigating no small amount of discussion in the country at the time, the incident points to the tight links between the sport, questions of national identity, economics, and, ultimately, the politics of participation. Dominican baseball and the “plátano power” of its players, as claimed by professionals and fans alike, has been the subject of some scholarly inquiry and even more casual and sometimes heated public debate (p. 152).

In April Yoder's Pitching Democracy we get a glimpse into the ways these questions of sport, economics,...

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