By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "America's pastime" is being played in Brazil, although often muffled by the football (soccer) enthusiasts' shouts of Gooool. It is not as visible as the beaches full of volleyball nets but recently the cracking of bats, swung by both professional and amateur players, is increasing.

Introduced to the country by Japanese immigrants, the game of baseball in Brazil has been
quietly developing an infrastructure for decades. Popularity has gradually increased with the inclusion of a broader swath of Brazilian society.

Young players from all areas of social spectrum have not . . .

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