Dominican players caught in marriage-for-visa scam

Updated: March 2, 2007, 10:30 PM ET
By and Pedro Gomez | Special to ESPN.com

The small island country of the Dominican Republic is littered with makeshift ballparks, bursting with young boys who have big league dreams.

Rene Oriental was once one of these young kids with big dreams. The 22-year-old grew up playing on a dusty field in the small town of Monte Cristi, where dirt roads abound and electricity runs sporadically. He appeared to be on his way to the big leagues when he signed a $100,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals in 2001. But two years ago, ...

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