Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bobby Valentine to produce Pelotero, a documentary on Dominican Baseball

Bobby Valentine recently created Makuhari Media, a film production company that will focus on producing sports themed documentaries.  Valentine teamed with Andrew J. Muscato in creating the company.  Muscato produced "The Zen of Bobby V," which focused on Valentine's successful managerial career in Japan.  See the press release.

"Pelotero" will be the first movie from the new production company.  Pelotero is a derivative of pelota or ball, and it literally means ballplayer in Spanish.  The word is especially prevelant in the Dominican Republic, as most Dominicans refer to their baseball players as peloteros, not jugadores (players) or beisbolistas like other Latin American countries.  So, that is where the title comes from.

The film is co-produced by Guagua Productions, which is the production company of Jonathan Paley, Trevor Martin, and Ross Finkel (the directors of "Pelotero").  A guagua is a small bus that people use to travel around the Dominican Republic.  They are often overflowing with people, and they are a big part of the culture of the Dominican Republic.  This is the first feature length documentary for Guagua Productions, and this is obviously where the owners got the inspiration to name their company.

Bobby Valentine says in the press release:
"Our first documentary will bring viewers into the world of Dominican youth baseball like no other film before it.  This vivid and captivating documentary will stand alone in its presentation of this fabulous baseball culture."
The film is in post-production and follows three Dominican prospects through the signing process, most notably Baseball America #60 overall prospect Miguel Sano of the Twins.  Sano is from San Pedro de Macoris and the film is filmed in this city, which has the most baseball talent in the world.  Just click the tag below to see all the players from this city of only 200,000 inhabitants.

The Dominican Baseball Guy has been in touch with Ross Finkel for several months awaiting the release of this film.  So, the Dominican Baseball Guy is excited to see the latest film on Dominican baseball.  Check out the trailer:
     Pelotero preview
Bobby Valentine manages in Japan, photo by US consulate, Osaka, Japan  

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