Baseball: Caribbean and Latin kids eye the big time in the US

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Baseball: Caribbean and Latin kids eye the big time in the US

Professional baseball is wildly popular in Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba and Puerto Rico

Luc Cohen and Mariela Nava

While playing for Venezuela in baseball’s Little League World Series in the US last month, 12-year-old Adrian Salcedo ate tacos and Chick-fil-A, donned a virtual reality headset to envision himself hitting home runs in big league ballparks and marvelled at the lush grass of the fields.

Now back at his four-room house in the western city of Maracaibo, hit hard by Venezuela’s protracted political and economic crisis, the boy’s hopes center on his own version of the American Dream.

“I want to make the big leagues and help my mother, so we can buy a house and get away from this,” Salcedo said in an interview...

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