Major League Baseball can’t keep you from seeing the new documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero, which opens Friday, but they seem to prefer you just didn’t, according to a recent article in USA Today. The sports organization would at least like people to have the facts straight, as MLB has reportedly accused the film, for which Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine serves as executive producer, of inaccuracies and states “the film does not reflect the current status of operations in the Dominican Republic.”
But does it reflect operations in 2009? The doc, directed by newbies Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley, was shot three years ago and follows two young Dominican prospects at the time being groomed for the big league as part of a system that gives hope to poor families and teenage athletes. If they’re the right age and display the right talent, they could be looking at receiving signing bonuses in the millions.