Latin American players represent approximately one third of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) signed players. These players often do not possess a basic high school diploma before they are signed to a contract. While the MLB capitalizes on Latino players during their careers, the organization fails to show concern for their players’ post-baseball success and opportunities. By mandating contribution to a scholarship for all signed players on all 30 teams, the MLB and individual baseball teams would help encourage educational attainment as well as baseball talent development in their players. This paper will demonstrate the need for Latin American baseball players to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma and options that MLB has for correcting this disparity. The MLB Players Association’s “Baseball Tomorrow Funds” are already designed to help finance the Northeastern College partnership. Thus, the MLB should consider expanding this to include partnering with a high school-level online education platform to help Latin American baseball players improve their post-baseball opportunities.
"Educating Latin American Baseball Players:How MLB Should Protect Their Players for After Their Careers,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 11, Article 5.
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