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David P. Fidler, Professor of Law at Indiana University, is an international lawyer who has served as a consultant on matters of law and public policy to numerous governmental agencies and international organizations. It is a book that anyone concerned about the future of baseball, the challenges of economic globalization and basic human rights should read. For every Sammy Sosa, there are thousands of Alexis Quirozes.
By giving voice to one of them, Arturo J. Marcano Guevara and David P. Fidler may help many others.
Stealing Lives makes it clear that there is. All concerned with the future of our national pastime should read this book. Baseball fans might not look at the Fernandez or the Hernandez or the Ramirez on the roster of their favorite major league teams in quite the same way. Petersburg Times. Signed as a teen by the Chicago Cubs in Venezuela in the late s, Quiroz was jerked around for several years, never given a copy of his contracts, paid less than he was told and, worst of all, sent to the Cub's medieval "academy" in the Dominican Republic.
With the carrot of Major League riches dangled in front of them, players practiced and played games for eight to 12 hours a day in sweltering heat with no water. Alexi lived in a house that crowded 10 players to a room, without running water. Their daily meals amounted to two small bowls of plantains and rice. Alexis' nightmarish story culminates in a second tour at the academy where he dislocates his shoulder.