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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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  • A player for the Warriors baseball team cleans mud from his shoes before a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar poses for a portrait at the municipal baseball stadium before a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Sheldon Sinnott, center, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, and has come to the Dominican Republic to get the attention of Major League Baseball scouts, awaits the start of a baseball game between his team, Indian Rocks, and the Warriors on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Coach Hector Ramirez talks to the Warriors baseball team before a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Local townspeople sit in the stands to watch the Warriors and other baseball players perform in a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Carlos Batista, a scout for the Cincinnati Reds from Santo Domingo, times baseball players in the 60-yard dash during a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Local townspeople press against the fence to watch baseball players in a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts at the municipal stadium on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Wildon Bailon, center, talks with Sandy Rosario, right, a scout for the New York Mets, and another scout after performing well in a test of his outfielding skills on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic. Later that day, Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar recruited Bailon to train at his camp.
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  • Players wait their turn to perform in a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Local townspeople watch players perform in a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Kids and onlookers watch a ball fly over the outfield wall during a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Spectators in the outfield watch players perform for Major League Baseball scouts at the municipal stadium on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Players await their turn to perform for Major League Baseball scouts as kids watch from on top of the dugout on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A boy watches a baseball game between the Warriors and Indian Rocks on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A boy walks past the municipal baseball field during a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • A man rides a bicycle past the municipal baseball field during a showcase for Major League Baseball scouts on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Players await their turn at bat during a baseball game between the Warriors and Indian Rocks on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, right, talks with his father Ignacio Hernandez as they pass each other while driving down the street on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Tom Cronin, an American who was arrested in Cuba in 1996 for helping Cuban baseball players defect, talks about his experience on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar talks with players on his Warriors baseball team on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Nelson Manuel, center, signs a contract with Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar, left, for representation on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Joe Malte, left, and Jose Hermando, both age 11, pose for a photo while playing baseball in an open field on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Jose Hermando, age 11, right, practices his pitching skills on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Joe Malta, age 11, poses for a photo after practicing baseball with some friends on Friday, February 26, 2010 in San Antonio de Guerra, Dominican Republic.
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  • Juan Ignacio Hernandez Nodar boards a flight from to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he will visit friends and family, on Sunday, February 28, 2010 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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