Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:
The USA- Venezuelan Major League Baseball connection.
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM
The heartbreaking political, economic and human crisis in Venezuela has been in the news of late with potentially far-reaching repercussions not only within the country itself but also visavi its Latin American neighbors as well. Unless you were a die-hard baseball fan, however, you probably didn’t know that Venezuela produces the second most Latino players in Major League Baseball.
Venezuelan players are keenly aware of the tragedy going on in their native country. And, after the rigors and unseen struggles of making it to the big leagues, their wealth and celebrity are double edged swords as they watch their families and countrymen imperiled.
There are also more unsettling connections between US – Venezuelan sport and politics and Major League Baseball not often in the public eye. It’s a complex topic, but we’ll explore a few of these themes when Doc talks to Danielle this Friday on the Humboldt Magazine.