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Death of Yewri Guillen: Inside MLB's Dominican Sweatshop System

Boy, this is a tough one to take. Among the "hilights" of the Mother Jones piece regarding the circumstances of prospect Yewri Guillen's death:

  • The Nationals are one of 21 MLB teams to NOT have a certified trainer or a doctor at their facility, even after Guillen's death.
  • When Guillen first fell ill, he only received tea and aspirin from the Nationals staff
  • He was unable to receive medical treatment because his contract hadn't kicked in yet.
  • Guillen's family received the amount of the contract Guillen signed with the Nationals, $30,000 (on top of a $50,000 life insurance policy -- h/t chubias) after they signed a document saying among other things, that they would not sue the team, that the Nationals provided appropriate treatment and that Guillen contracted bacterial meningitis from outside the facility.
    • The diagnosis part however runs counter to MLB's diagnosis that Guillen died from a sinus infection, not meningitis.

The fact that such a majority of MLB teams aren't even providing basic medical care for these players in the Dominican they supposedly care about developing is astounding. Let's be clear, this isn't a team problem, this is a league issue that needs to be addressed ASAP.

Didn't see anything about this on the site so I thought I'd put this up. I apologize if that is in fact, not the case.

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