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Playing winter ball a great experience

Becoming a better player and learning a new culture all came from going to Puerto Rico

Originally Published: December 18, 2010
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

While we heat up our efforts to beat the holiday shopping rush, there are a handful of American-born players who know that to get the gift of opportunity, they have to play baseball this winter. These players have filled international rosters in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico to gain experience, taking on a new culture and country in the process.

Of course, most players who are natives of these countries know about the challenge of learning a new culture, far away ...

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