MLB International Draft Will “Kill What Baseball Is In The Caribbean”

D.R. native and San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr.
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Negotiations to end the current owner-implemented lockout and forge a new collective bargaining agreement will hinge on a number of issues. One of the less commonly explored issues is the league's desire to implement an international draft.

The current Rule 4 draft -- also known variously as the MLB Draft and the amateur draft -- covers just those players from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

An international draft would cover the vast remainder of aspiring professional baseball players across the world.

Included in that pool is the Dominican Republic, which on a per-capita basis is the richest source of baseball talent in the world by a wide margin. That's another way of saying that no country will be as affected by an international draft as the Dominican Republic will.

That brings us to D.R. native and San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr., who had some harsh criticisms of the possibility of an international draft. Tatis spoke with Dominican news outlet El Caribe and said an international draft "is going to kill what baseball is in the Caribbean." Read more.

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