Thursday, June 20, 2013

New LA Dodger Star from Cuba



It is baaseball season and time for an immigration story on the ImmigrationProf blog.  And here is one from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Besides bringing up Jackie Robinson to the big leagues, the Dodgers have broken many other barriers.  The Dodgers Chan Ho Park became the first Korean to excel in the Major Leagues. Hideo Nomo remains the most successful Japanese pitcher to perform on the big stage. Fernando Valenzuela brought Mexico to the sport in ways that had been unimagined.

The remarkable legacy continues for the Dodgers. Now gracing the Dodgers' lineup is the breathtaking Yasiel Puig, the Cuban outfielder who was brought up earlier this month and already has made the ESPN highlight reel.

Puig defected from Cuba in 2012, and signed a seven year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers.


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