There are no pure villains in this film — nor heroes, for that matter. Almost everyone has an interest in the financial outcome of the process, and that includes the Dominican government, which shrugs off complaints about the MLB “monopoly,” which is pumping cash into the country, and all those who benefit, directly or indirectly, when a player signs. Are teenagers really being exploited when they are offered thousands and sometimes millions of dollars to hone their skills playing a game that could make them even richer in the years ahead? Or is this an unsustainable system that, like so much of pro sports compensation, begs to be revisited?
Ultimately that’s for MLB and its partners to answer. For moviegoers, at least for now, there’s a worthwhile documentary to get you up to speed.
Janice Page can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.