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Santo Domingo.– Alfonso Soriano, one of the best players in all of baseball in the mid-2000s, is the Dominican Republic´s best paid sportsman, according to report by ESPN to be released on May 2nd.

In 2007, Soriano signed an eight-year, $136 Million deal with the Chicago Cubs that made him one of the highest paid players in baseball.

ESPN's "Annual Salary" report represents only base salary from the most recently completed season or calendar year from each sport, and excludes any other source of compensation.

"In countries where official salary figures were unavailable, we estimated the number based on information from multiple sources, including leagues, agents, consulates, embassies, sports federations, cultural centers and the U.N.," says the report.

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Written by: Atabey, 21 Apr 2011 10:20 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Pujol will have something to say about the matter shortly this year.
Written by: ELPAPA999, 21 Apr 2011 10:43 AM
From: United States, California
Who cares???? These stupid baseball players don't do anything positive with their money in the DR. Most of them own discotecas and drive around in their Hummers making everyone else feel like shit. F--them all. They should be building schools, community centers and sport facilities for the youths.

Written by: lightblack, 21 Apr 2011 11:06 AM
From: United States, Washington D. C.
You are right look at the church in the center of town in SPM. And think about all the rich players from this town you know they could fix this easily.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 21 Apr 2011 11:09 AM
From: United States
ELPAPA999, i am glad that you said this, and not i. iremember some guy in this page reminding me of how much money DR athletes make, compared to track stars. yes, they do make obscene amounts of money, but what do they do with it to better their country? well, they do use it to buy hummers, and blow lots at the car wash and the cabana. besides that, can someone point out anything like the efforts of the African sports stars?
Written by: Ricardolito, 21 Apr 2011 11:13 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
EL PAPA I tend to agree with you that it would be wonderful if they could help their less fortunate Dominicans with their super salaries but it is no different to other Dominicans who make it very rich maybe through land sales or in some other way . There is no real philanthropic attitude here in the DR yet but maybe it will come .,
And as these guys are not really very savvy with money > their managers , their family and all the guys that hang around probably get a good cut .
But how wonderful it would be to have an Alfonso Soriano Institute for sport
Written by: ELPAPA999, 21 Apr 2011 11:18 AM
From: United States, California
That's what I'm talking about. I'm not saying for them to give their money away, what I'm saying is give back to your community, specially the youth. Even if it’s for profit, but do something to help.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 21 Apr 2011 11:22 AM
From: United States
actually, Ricardolito, i disagree with you about philantropic attitude. Dominicans are a curious study. if you have something, they all want to seperate you from it, in whichever way they can. however, if you are destitute, that is when the glory of the Dominican soul comes into play. i have seen guys here sharing a small plate of food between 3 and 4 people, making sure that no one is left out, however small the portions are. they hate to see people suffer, unlike gringos, who believe that the best time to kick a dog is when he is down. it therefore amazes me that these ballplayers do not extend a hand to the destitute people they left back home in the villagte....
Written by: ELPAPA999, 21 Apr 2011 11:23 AM
From: United States, California
dreadlocks and Ricardolito..
Thanks guys for the support.
Written by: Ricardolito, 21 Apr 2011 11:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Dreads , I expressed myself poorly ..I meant to say , as I have often said before , that there is no sense of noblesse oblige where the wealthy feel obliged to assist those less fortunate .I totally agree that the poor share much together in great comradeship .
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 21 Apr 2011 11:38 AM
From: United States
Ricardolito, i cannot agree with you more on this. when i play dominoes with my Dominican friends, if one guy buys a cup of coffee, he shares it with everyone. i have never seen this anywhere else. i have seen people buy food from a cart, and offer some to others before they have taken some for themselves. that, my friend, is one of the reasons why i guess i love the people here. the politicians and crooks...that is a story for another day.
Written by: anthonyC, 21 Apr 2011 3:59 PM
From: United States
What a bunch of jealous douchebags.

Where is it written that they have to support anyone you deem "less fortunate"(If someone says the bible they will be ignored)?

I am no fan of the these guys but they have no obligation to be generous for what you believe is a good cause.

Every time one of the guys arrive in the D.R. for a visit they do more for the local economy than most of the limo-libs who post here.

So stow the Holier-than-Thou attitude, jealousy and laziness. Yes Laziness....It is really easy to be generous with other people's money!
Written by: TonyTunTun, 21 Apr 2011 4:23 PM
From: United States
Most dominican baseball players are not educated and don't value education. Creating baseball players does not help the DR.
Written by: walnut, 21 Apr 2011 6:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
No one says someone like Soriano has to give anyone anything.
However, if you were one time very poor, wouldn't you have more compassion?
I am an immigrant's son who came from nothing.
I have also been fortunate in business.
My charity to those less fortunate was taught to me.
My father used to tell me that even if he only had one dollar and someone needed it more, he would gladly give that person the dollar.

I believe most wealthy Dominicans, or for the record, most wealthy people, don't give much because they don't care and/or don't know any better.
I see the same attitudes in HK, LA, NYC, Bangkok, London, Mumbai and Santo Domingo.

Soriano will have made $180,000,000 when his contract ends.
Surely giving a significant amount wouldn't really hurt him.
And he will likely sign another contract when this one ends.
Written by: ateo2010 This user is banned, 21 Apr 2011 6:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Owning Noobs
F*ck churches, if I where them I'll rather focus on education.... educating the local ignorants so that they enlighten their heads with reality and improve the country.
Written by: anthonyC, 21 Apr 2011 7:46 PM
From: United States

I have 2 questions.

#1 Compassion for who? Seriously. What may be a needy soul for you could be a lazy, punk for me.

#2 How do you know that Soriano or any other player isn't helping out? Not everyone distributes press releases and calls out the media to film them handing a baseball glove to a kid.

BTW You assumption about wealthy people is way off base and even if it wasn't it would just be an act of jealousy on your part to bring it up. The wealthy provide more jobs which pay for food and medicine for those who you call "less fortunate"
Written by: Atabey, 21 Apr 2011 8:04 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
I've often thought all Dominican players should negotiate their contract with a clause that allocates 100K, 200K or whatever they can negotiate with their professional teams and have these funds given yearly to an organization that helps the poor out of poverty. "Out of Poverty" are the operative words. Thus real educational opportunities, health-care, etc., would qualify for assistance. The player would provide say 100K and the team would kick in a similar portion. The transaction would be out front and all would know that these funds were being given. Of course, if players wanted to give more, no one would stop them from so doing. It's all a matter of educating the players, but perhaps more so educating the players' representatives to be a little creative in their marketing of the players. This provides good will towards the needy in the DR; and since many of the players are indeed from that same poverty group, a chance to give back is clear-cut.
Written by: mannyberrios, 21 Apr 2011 9:51 PM
From: United States
Why should he give his money away? He earned it! Let him do what he wants.
Written by: xwill7, 21 Apr 2011 10:09 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Sosa, Ortiz, and Martinez are some of players that have given back.
Written by: Tu_Papa, 21 Apr 2011 11:16 PM
From: United States, Yonkers, New Yorker... Confident Talker!!!

I understand where you guys are coming from, but at the end of the day they earned that money and they can do what they want it, let them enjoy it. That money should be shared with his family and used to secure his children's future and his grandchildren's for that matter. What if he grew up in a affluent neighborhood in the US, would he have to do something for a community that already has everything? Its the fruits of his labor, let him enjoy it!!!!!
Written by: JKing81, 22 Apr 2011 3:47 AM
From: United States
AnthonyC what you say makes absolutely no sense. The rich don't "provide" us with anything. Without OUR work they can't make any money. Without the working middle class absolutely no big businessman would be able to make any money at all. Also, the idea that people who are poor are lazy is so old and done over with. There are poor lazy people, but anyone with a shred of intelligence knows the majority of poor people aren't poor because they would rather sit on their ass than get a job.

Again, the wealthy don't provide us with money, or if they do it is a trade not a handout. They pay us for tor the work WE do that makes THEM their money. The corporations aren't gifting us with a god damn thing especially when you consider how little taxes they pay compared to the average American.
Written by: HateitorLOVEIT, 22 Apr 2011 9:45 AM
From: United States, Washington, DC
I hope that Soriano does something positive with this contract... at least make some positive investments b/c he isn't going to get another contract like his current! His numbers have been on a constant decline since he signed with the Cubs!
Written by: lightblack, 22 Apr 2011 9:56 AM
From: United States, Washington D. C.
ATEO2010 you are right educate people so they don't use foul language that you use four letter words are used when one is not intelligent enough to express him or herself when using a proper language.
Written by: Escott, 22 Apr 2011 12:34 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
It's my life and I will do what I want. Remember that song?

Most Dominicans feel someone elses money is better off in their pockets. Personally I think it is much better off in my pocket. Where is the fellow with the "inbred mentality schtick" when you really need him.

Not one of you clowns knows what Soriano does with his money but you all have big mouths to speculate that he gives NOTHING to others. What a bunch of cheeseballs!
Written by: Escott, 22 Apr 2011 12:35 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
I bet he gives away plenty of money to keep the scumbuzzards out of his face!
Written by: ELPAPA999, 22 Apr 2011 3:45 PM
From: United States, California
Again I'm not saying for these baseball players to give their money away. All I'm saying is for them to use some of it in a way that creates jobs. Community Centers keeps youth off the streets, and that's a fact. What do you think is one of the reasons why we have so many "ATRACOS" joblessness? I think these multi-millionaires can help positively in many ways. Most discotecas are owned by baseball players. I don't know this for sure but I bet my life on this that there is many more discotecas then there are Community Centers in the DR. It should be the other way around!!!!
Written by: anthonyC, 22 Apr 2011 11:35 PM
From: United States
Written by: JKing81,

"AnthonyC what you say makes absolutely no sense. The rich don't "provide" us with anything. Without OUR work they can't make any money."

Are you serious?
Without the wealthy there are no jobs.
Written by: matador, 23 Apr 2011 10:47 AM
From: United States,
Hold up how about AR, was the best pay baseball player with 210 million
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 23 Apr 2011 10:48 AM
From: United States
JKING, do not waste your time debating with a sociopath like anthonyc, a disciple of Ayn Rand, who believes that selfishness is the highest of human virtues. besides, he is too asinine to realise that Carlos Slim is not some altruistic benefactor, but that, without employees, he has no financial empire, and is just another guy with an idea. it is not his fault, because he opted to drop out of kindergarten, and does not have an shred of intelligence to begin with. so, he is mostly here for comic relief.
Written by: hellborn25, 23 Apr 2011 11:37 AM
From: United States, United states, homes of taxes and every foul philosophy on the planet.
Alfonso Soriano, one of the best players in all of baseball in the mid-2000s, is the Dominican Republic´s best paid sportsman, according to report by ESPN to be released on May 2nd

okay how is he the best paid sportsman with 136 million, if alex rodriguez has a 250 million dollar contract, Im preety sured albert pujols makes more then soriano
Written by: Escott, 23 Apr 2011 11:43 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
DREAD, you put down Anthony C because he doesn't buy your drivel. Anyone who name calls like you has absolutely nothing to say worth hearing. You must be a Doper
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 23 Apr 2011 3:54 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Yo Soy Luis Diaz
Somebody said that Dominican Baseball players don't do anything for their communities, and that they all own night clubs, but that's not true; for example: Pedro Martinez has done so many things for his native Manoguayabo, and other parts of the country, together with his brother Ramon they help a lot of people with their foundation.

Albert Pujols too, every year he takes a bunch a doctors from the States to help those that can not paid for basic medical care, especially in bateyes where the poor Haitians live.

So, whoever said that, this is just 2 example of 2 great Dominican that care for other, and Im pretty sure there are others.


well put Dread.
Written by: lovingit, 23 Apr 2011 8:34 PM
From: United States, Delaware
I am sorry, but the comments about not giving, especially in the case of Soriano are absolutely wrong.

Yes, there are players that drive around their hummers and just own discos, these are mostly the players new to money with smaller contracts, but there are many players out there that give, and Soriano is one of them. In 2004, he donated of 2.6 MM to DR for children development via baseball.

Many, many other players such as Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Vlad Guerrero, Miguel Tejada as well as inactive players as Pedro Martinez have all donated and worked closely with foundations to help people in the Dominican Republic as well as the local town/cities where they have played.
Written by: anthonyC, 23 Apr 2011 8:47 PM
From: United States
What Dready doesn't want to accept is that people/workers are a commodity like wood or cement,

He brings up Carlos Slim stating that' "without employees, he has no financial empire."!
Every one of his employees could walk off the job on Monday and they would mostly be replaced by Tuesday. There is always somebody who will do the job for fair compensation.

Now stand back and watch Dready just lash out with insults.
Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 25 Apr 2011 10:21 AM
From: United States
you are an idiot, par excellence. your stupidity knows no limit. this is what you say

Every one of his employees could walk off the job on Monday and they would mostly be replaced by Tuesday.

the fact that they would have to be replaced means that workers are indispensable. i know that is difficult for a man witha single digit IQ to understand, but some of us get it.
Written by: mickeychan, 3 Aug 2011 9:30 PM
From: Bahamas
The scholarship program was supposed to be improved. So that more people have the opportunity to get it, and enhance their education.
Written by: benwi, 15 Aug 2011 8:17 AM
From: Indonesia
What a nice one, to be the best sportsman on the country. The paid must be really huge huh? I wonder what number of the paid. Can be a lot of zero on the cheque.
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