July 2nd is not just any day in the Dominican Republic. It's the day magic happens, dreams come true, and lives change.
The international signing period has it's own set of rules, only touched on in this post:
- "An international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of the next year if he is 17 or will turn 17 by the end of the first season of his contract."
- "Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign during the period."
July 2nd is the biggest of days. It sets the tone for the signing season. Not everyone will experience magic, or have their dreams come true, or have their lives change today. But I hope these hardworking Dominican baseball players vying for an MLB contract this season will receive something for their efforts. And at a fair price, ethically given.