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    What does the political situation in Venezuela mean for the future of baseball prospects there?
    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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    It could drive their contract values down as their desperation increases, but at this time, I don't believe it has slowed down the quantity of prospects coming from there. MLB shut down the Venezuelan Summer League when it only had three MLB organizations left. I am not sure when Americans were required to have visas to get into the country, but it was not too long ago. MLB scouts still go there regardless of how dangerous the country has become; perhaps fewer travel there than a decade ago. Venezuelan trainers get their kids to MLB Showcases in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia or even Curacao. I haven't paid close attention to how much money kids from Venezuela are getting now compared to before.


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