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BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 10:15 AM
I moved down to the Dominican Republic in 2009 with three other crew members to make a film about Dominican Baseball. I met Miguel Sano when he was 15 and was there from January to September of his signing year. I know Miguel and his family intimately and have been following him through every level. Our film just came out in theaters and On Demand and we really need your support. I've got a couple hours to answer any questions about Miguel, the Twins DR operation, the DR system in general, or anything else that tickles your fancy.


The film is out now and is playing in Minneapolis at the St. Anthony Main theater. Tickets: http://www.stanthonymaintheatre.com/
Download the film on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ballplayer-pelotero/id535668512

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 10:59 AM
Here is the trailer if you are curious:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9jfhRyoljA

Vervehound
07-15-2012, 11:08 AM
cool. i've been hoping to check this out. i believe the story centers on two players - sano and someone named bautista. who's bautista? not sure if you're aware, but the 2009 international class could turn out to be legendary with guys like profar, sano, bogarts, hanson and a whole slew of others showing well. also, curious how you'd characterize the twins player development compared to other organizations from what you've seen.

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 11:16 AM
The second player featured in the film is Jean Carlos Batista who signed with the Astros for $200k. He is playing rookie ball in the appalachian league at the moment.

The 2009 Dominican class was truly incredible. I know or have met most of these guys personally and have seen nearly all of them play. And these guys CAN PLAY.

I have to give a lot of credit to the Twins organization in the DR. In the case of Miguel, all 30 teams should have been lining up to sign him. He was the best prospect anyone had seen in the DR in as much as 10 years (scouts' words, not mine). Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates were able to scare off many other teams because of unfounded concerns about Miguel's age. The Twins did a very brave thing by stepping up and signing him. And hopefully they will be rewarded for it for years to come. Fred Guerrero the DR scouting director is a really great guy and knew from day one that this kid was special.

Their academy compound in the DR is fairly typical. It is neither one of the brand spanking new palaces like the Rays, or the Pirates, nor the dilapidated 80's structures like some other teams I won't name. It is part of the Baseball City compound in Boca Chica with about 6 other teams. A dorm, 3 or 4 fields, a mess hall and offices. It gets the job done though.

Riverbrian
07-15-2012, 12:06 PM
I really wish you the best. I will be watching for sure. This sounds like it was quite a project.

Seth Stohs
07-15-2012, 12:31 PM
Living 7 hours from the Twin Cities (north), I'm really hoping to see this somewhere soon! Been looking forward to seeing it for a year or more!! Sounds like it is getting a ton of attention. Hopefully that means lots of viewers for it!! Thank you for letting our readers here know about it. Is there somewhere we can find a bigger list of where it will be showing and when since we have readers all over?

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 12:55 PM
Hey Seth, Big fan of the blogs as a newly mined surrogate Twins fan. Thanks for asking.

The full list of cities it is currently playing is: New York, LA, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle, Lake Worth FL, and starting this Friday the 20th in Denver.
Links to these locations are all on the See The Film page on our website www.Ballplayerpelotero.com

The film is also available RIGHT NOW on iTunes so you can watch it with one click. That link again is: http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/bal...ro/id535668512 (http://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ballplayer-pelotero/id535668512)

I know Twins fans will love this film as a chance to get to know Miguel Sano. More than that though it is an intimate look at a largely misunderstood system that is crucial to understanding baseball today. Please check it out, and if you like it share it with your friends. This is a small independent film and we really need grassroots support to succeed.

The next project for us is to continue following Miguel through the minors all the way until hopefully one day he walks out onto Target field. If that is a film you want to one day see, the best thing you can do is support this film now by downloading it or seeing it in theaters.

Seth Stohs
07-15-2012, 01:13 PM
I'm trying to decide if I want to download it right now, or wait until after the TWins game! I've heard that there could be a follow up movie... I'm hoping to be in Beloit Aug 2-5. I was there in early June for a couple of games. Without having even seen more than the trailers so far, I'll promote it. I can't wait to see it and then really tout it!

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 02:15 PM
It can probably wait until the end of the game. It's not going anywhere. Thanks for the support Seth and thanks for helping us get the word out!

USAFChief
07-15-2012, 02:19 PM
I realize you're here primarily to pimp your movie, but want to say I think it's pretty awesome of you to stick around and answer questions.

Who would you say are the top 2 or 3 teams in terms of developing and signing players in the Dominican?

SpiritofVodkaDave
07-15-2012, 02:22 PM
Wow, this looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing it in NYC tomorrow!

SpiritofVodkaDave
07-15-2012, 02:30 PM
Where do you think Sano ultimately ends up position wise?

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 02:45 PM
I am here to pimp my movie, can't hide that. But I'm a baseball fan and that's what this is all about. I just want other baseball fans to get a chance to see it and better understand the Dominican system.

The Rangers have been extremely agressive in past years and have a lot of top prospects coming out of the DR including Jurickson Profar who was signed the same year as Miguel and is now Keith Law's #1 prospect. The Rays do a lot with a little down there and are probably the best team at educating and protecting the kids they do sign. The Yanks are always a presence in Latin America but tend to prefer Venezuelans. Other than that it changes year to year who gets in big.

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 02:47 PM
I think Miguel will end up sticking at third. The kid has the ability to do whatever he wants baseball wise. He is that naturally talented. Keep in mind he is still 19 and don't worry so much about those 31 errors. It is his bat that will move him forward though!

Scheherezade
07-15-2012, 02:50 PM
I convinced my GF that we should go see it! We were hoping it would come to Lagoon or Uptown in MPLS, but we'll make our way up to St. Anthony Main.

BallplayerPelotero
07-15-2012, 03:03 PM
Glad to hear it. You do not have to be a baseball fan to like this movie. It is a very human story with universal themes. I hope you guys enjoy it! Definitely come back here and let me know what you think. I will continue to check in.

Seth Stohs
07-16-2012, 01:26 AM
I just finished watching Pelotero, and it was terrific. It was great on several levels. It was fun to see what happens at these Dominican academies, but also at the "academies" of Astin and Moreno. I know it's controversial now among MLB types, but I dont' think anyone thinks that there aren't a lot of questionable things happening in the process. It is cool in that Twins fans can see a lot of the personality of Miguel Sano, the "maturity", his nickname, his family, etc. I watched it on iTunes and really enjoyed it. I was having some volume issues with my computer which had me struggling at times, but it's very well done. Nice work!

BallplayerPelotero
07-16-2012, 08:34 AM
Glad to hear you liked it Seth!

I will be chatting all things Ballplayer: Pelotero and Miguel Sano with La Velle E. Neal on KFAN 100.3FM at 10:15. Tune in!

Fatt Crapps
07-16-2012, 11:09 AM
I convinced my GF that we should go see it! We were hoping it would come to Lagoon or Uptown in MPLS, but we'll make our way up to St. Anthony Main.

You poor thing, those theaters are practically on opposite sides of the planet (3.7 miles)

Also, the Uptown theater has been closed for renovations since January.

James
07-16-2012, 12:34 PM
Thanks for coming by and talking about the movie. I saw the trailer for this a while ago and I'm really excited to see it.

Mr. Ed
07-16-2012, 02:49 PM
I think Miguel will end up sticking at third. The kid has the ability to do whatever he wants baseball wise. He is that naturally talented. Keep in mind he is still 19 and don't worry so much about those 31 errors. It is his bat that will move him forward though!


Terry Ryan said yesterday his defense has to improve to move up to FM this year.

I say, who cares? Let him try it for the last month of the season.

SpiritofVodkaDave
07-16-2012, 05:08 PM
Terry Ryan said yesterday his defense has to improve to move up to FM this year.

I say, who cares? Let him try it for the last month of the season.

Seems reasonable to me, also its not exactly like he is completely below his level at Beloit currently.

drjim
07-16-2012, 07:48 PM
I'm going to see it tomorrow, looking forward to it.

Seth Stohs
07-17-2012, 07:15 AM
You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.php?805-Review-of-Ballplayer-Pelotero

Cody Christie
07-17-2012, 07:56 AM
Thanks for the recap Seth. I am looking forward to seeing this movie in the near future.

Seth Stohs
07-17-2012, 08:13 AM
Thanks! I'd love to hear what others who have seen the movie thought about it too.

Gardy32
07-17-2012, 08:29 AM
Glad to hear they're doing a follow up as well! I'm seeing this tomorrow night at St. Anthony Main.
Kind of a shame it's only playing through this thursday...

BallplayerPelotero
07-17-2012, 09:02 AM
Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the support. Seth, I just saw your review. Really appreciate it! We also just got some good news I wanted to share with our Minnesota fans. The St. Anthony Main theater in Minneapolis has decided to hold the film for another week. Unfortunately we are competing with the Dark Knight (this is the movie Minneapolis needs) so we won't have as many showings but I hope you all continue to get a chance to go check it out. I will be popping back in throughout the week, so don't hesitate to pose questions or comments after you see it (no spoilers please!).

Thanks,

Jon Paley
Director - Ballplayer: Pelotero

BallplayerPelotero
07-17-2012, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the review Seth! Glad you liked it. We just got some good news that the St. Anthony Main theater has decided to extend us for another week. We won't have as many showings because we will be competing with The Dark Knight, but it will be another chance for fans like Gardy32 to go check it out until the 26th.

Brock Beauchamp
07-17-2012, 09:16 AM
I merged the threads to avoid multiple posting and confusion.

Jim Crikket
07-17-2012, 10:15 AM
Reports are that the Commissioner's Office is not terribly thrilled with the way MLB is reflected in your movie. Personally, if Bud Selig doesn't like something, I assume I'm more likely to approve of it, myself, but I'm curious whether MLB could make your follow-up project more difficult to complete. I'm not sure what kind of pressure they could apply to minor league franchises or even Sano himself to discourage them from cooperating with you or giving you the access you'd need to complete the second project. Have you started to run in to that sort of problem yet?

davidjcampbell
07-17-2012, 10:19 AM
As soon as I saw it advertised on AG.com I knew I needed to check this out. I'll probably be at St Anthony Main tomorrow night as well. Looking forward to it!

Shane Wahl
07-17-2012, 12:24 PM
Reports are that the Commissioner's Office is not terribly thrilled with the way MLB is reflected in your movie. Personally, if Bud Selig doesn't like something, I assume I'm more likely to approve of it, myself, but I'm curious whether MLB could make your follow-up project more difficult to complete. I'm not sure what kind of pressure they could apply to minor league franchises or even Sano himself to discourage them from cooperating with you or giving you the access you'd need to complete the second project. Have you started to run in to that sort of problem yet?

I agree!

I am excited to see it. Comcast (at least in Indiana) has in On Demand.

I was thinking it may be like Hoop Dreams (which may be the best documentary ever made).

SpiritofVodkaDave
07-17-2012, 01:15 PM
Reports are that the Commissioner's Office is not terribly thrilled with the way MLB is reflected in your movie. Personally, if Bud Selig doesn't like something, I assume I'm more likely to approve of it, myself, but I'm curious whether MLB could make your follow-up project more difficult to complete. I'm not sure what kind of pressure they could apply to minor league franchises or even Sano himself to discourage them from cooperating with you or giving you the access you'd need to complete the second project. Have you started to run in to that sort of problem yet?
I assumed Selig was to busy fixing exhibition games and meaningless home run derby rules instead of worrying about MLB's image issues, declining ratings, etc.

Fatt Crapps
07-17-2012, 02:15 PM
I assumed Selig was to busy fixing exhibition games and meaningless home run derby rules instead of worrying about MLB's image issues, declining ratings, etc.

Don't forget about the WBC. I really hope they do away with those games, the players are super rusty and it's completely uninteresting.

DAM DC Twins Fans
07-17-2012, 03:43 PM
Reports are that the Commissioner's Office is not terribly thrilled with the way MLB is reflected in your movie. Personally, if Bud Selig doesn't like something, I assume I'm more likely to approve of it, myself, but I'm curious whether MLB could make your follow-up project more difficult to complete. I'm not sure what kind of pressure they could apply to minor league franchises or even Sano himself to discourage them from cooperating with you or giving you the access you'd need to complete the second project. Have you started to run in to that sort of problem yet?

Anything Bud Selig disapproves of is good for the game...

I am planning on watching the movie in DC this weekend...lucky I live in a metro area...

Esoteric Ball Guy
07-18-2012, 11:43 AM
Bringing the lady to see it tonight. Originally I was planning on finding tickets to the Twins game, but I was there for Liriano's masterpiece on Friday, and I'm pretty sure he can't top that so it'll be a movie night instead.

Jeff P
07-18-2012, 11:15 PM
I saw it today, good movie. The comparisons to Hoop Dreams are valid on several levels. What made Hoop Dreams somewhat more compelling was that it followed the main players for several years so you felt like you got to know them really well. Still I enjoyed it and it was fun to see more of Sano's personality.

I can see why some in MLB are upset, yikes both MLB and the guy from the Pirates come out looking really bad.

davidjcampbell
07-19-2012, 10:33 AM
I saw the movie last night - I thought it was great.

I particularly liked the English class scene and I am picturing Sano living in Southern Wisconsin.

I have looked but cannot find any information about the soundtrack - I also really enjoyed the music. Any info on the track listing out there?

BrentMpls
07-19-2012, 09:42 PM
I saw the movie at St. Anthony Main yesterday - I enjoyed it. An analogy is made to raising crops being the same idea in raising ballplayers - and that is reinforced strongly throughout the film. You are exposed to a bit of the negatives on both sides of this process (trainer and family // vs // MLB) and get a slice of these two players experience in that process.

Worth seeing.

Turd Furgeson
07-21-2012, 07:15 PM
I saw it on Amazon.com yesterday. It was very well done. Pittsburgh ends up looking really bad in this movie with the way they tried to strong arm Sano into signing with them.

BrentMpls
07-21-2012, 11:42 PM
Pittsburgh ends up looking really bad in this movie with the way they tried to strong arm Sano into signing with them.

Whats really interesting is Rene Gayo is still employed by Pitt.

Mike in SD
07-30-2012, 03:45 AM
I just watched the movie via iTunes and loved it. There weren't any huge revelations to me about the international signing system, but it was a well-pieced together story to illustrate how messed up the system is, how there are people manipulating the international signing system to their own benefit, and how the people hurt by the corruption vastly outnumber those responsible. Most of all, it was nice to see where Sanó came from and I can't wait to see Bocatón up with the Twins!

E. Andrew
07-29-2013, 07:32 PM
With the off-day, I'm about to watch this for the second time this year. To anyone who hasn't seen it, I highly recommend it. Half of the movie is about Sano, and the other kid's story is equally as interesting. Awesome use of 74 min.

On Netflix Instant (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Ballplayer_Pelotero/70246406?locale=en-US)

jay
07-29-2013, 08:44 PM
Have to agree. I finally watched it for the first time about a month ago. The wife is a casual baseball fan and really enjoyed it as well.

Free to watch now with Amazon Prime.