Dominican Republic is located in the large island of Hispaniola in the Great Antilles archipelago at the Caribbean region. The Dominican Republic loves baseball. With the exception of the United States, the Dominican Republic has the largest number of professional baseball players and a lot of them ends up in the United States' MLB (Major League Baseball).
Their best baseball players international players started with Ozzie Virgil Sr who got into the MLB in 1956. Later on players like Julian Javier, Robinson Cano, Francisco Liriano, Pedro Martinez, Jose Bautista, Manny Ramirez, Hanley Ramirez, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Placido Polanco, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jose Reyes and Sammy Sosa. Some of them even became more than players like Felipe Alou who became a manager and Omar Minaya a general manager. Their brightest name however is Juan Marichal who becames the only Dominican-born player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dominican Republic boxers have also brought the country honor. The country have produced a lot of world-class boxers and world champions like Javier Fortuna, Elio Tojas and Agapito Sanchez. Al Horford, Francisco Garcia and Felipe Lopez are some of Dominican-born NBA (National Basketball Association) players who have been making a name for themselves.
The Dominican Republic has won a total of six Olympic medals (3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze), two of which (gold) came from Felix Sanchez (Athletics, Hurdles).
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Popular sports of Dominican Republic
- Football (Soccer)
Dominican Republic Sporting Success
Great athletes from Dominican Republic
- Robinson Canó - named the Most Valuable Player at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Canó was born in the Dominican Republic, and played as a second baseman for the New York Yankees.
- Juan Marichal - the only Dominican-born player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.