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Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, a Cuban-born American agent for prospective Major League Baseball players, spent 13 years in a Cuban prison for helping players to defect from the Cuban national team, where he was treated as Fidel Castro's personal prisoner. After his release in November 2009, he has set up shop in the Dominican Republic, and is once again working to connect talented players with...
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  • Baseball players for the Warriors warm up for practice on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A man paints the logo for Servair, the main corporate sponsor for the Warriors baseball team that is owned by Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar and his brother, on the outfield wall at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Coach Hector Ramirez hits ground balls during infield practice for the Warriors baseball team at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Coach Hector Ramirez holds two baseballs during practice for the Warriors baseball team at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Baseball players for the Warriors sit in the dugout during practice at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Ronier Mustelier, a 22-year-old member of the Warriors baseball team who defected from Cuba for a chance at the major leagues, poses for a portrait on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Sandy Perez, a 15-year-old pitcher for the Warriors baseball team, moved from the small town of Mata Mamon, several hundred kilometers away, to work with Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar for a chance to make the major leagues. He poses for a portrait on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A boy watches batting practice for the Warriors baseball team from on top of the dugout at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A boy watches a high fly ball sail into the outfield during batting practice for the Warriors baseball team on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Local townspeople watch Ronier Mustelier, who defected from Cuba for a chance to play in the major leagues, during batting practice for the Warriors baseball team at the municipal stadium on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A chalkboard used for illustrating plays at the dormitory where players for the Warriors baseball team live on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar in the dormitory where players for his Warriors baseball team live on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar talks on the phone at the dormitory where players for his Warriors baseball team live on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A man cuts sugar cane on land owned by the father of Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, manager of the Warriors baseball team, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic. Nodar owns 70 acres of land covered in sugar cane, which he hopes to clear to build his own baseball training complex.
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  • Workers load cut sugar cane into a wagon on land owned by the father of Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, manager of the Warriors baseball team, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic. Nodar owns 70 acres of land covered in sugar cane, which he hopes to clear to build his own baseball training complex.
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  • A worker walks through a field of cut sugar cane on land owned by the father of Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, manager of the Warriors baseball team, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic. Nodar owns 70 acres of land covered in sugar cane, which he hopes to clear to build his own baseball training complex.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, left, talks with his father Ignacio Hernandez on his father's sugar cane farm on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar checks his BlackBerry while driving on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar is excited while visiting a baseball camp owned by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic. Nodar intends to build a similar complex to rent to a major league team.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, right, talks with former major league baseball player Jesus Alou, now a manager for the Boston Red Sox's Dominican camp, on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Sonto Jesus, a center fielder from Santo Domingo, eats lunch at a training camp owned by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, February 25, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, center, watches his Warriors baseball team warm up for a showcase for major league baseball agents on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, center, watches his Warriors baseball team warm up for a showcase for major league baseball agents on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • The Warriors baseball team prays before a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • The Warriors baseball team jogs onto the field to warm up before a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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