Fans of America’s favorite pastime enjoy Paseo de los Inmortales in Parque Central Duarte. The Walk of the Immortals features statues of celebrated baseball players from the Dominican Republic. Over 400 Dominicans have played Major League Baseball in the United States. These include Hall of Famers such as Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero plus other greats such as Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Sammy Sosa. Why are there so many Major League Baseball players from the Dominican Republic? One reason is every team has a training academy on the island. Another is baseball is a Dominican passion.