Photos of Dominican Republic

_Q9U1458The Seattle Mariners unveiled their new baseball academy in the city of Bocachica in the Dominican Republic on Thursday. It’s 24 acres where up to 80 players can live, train and learn. It features three full-sized fields with a practice field and an agility field. There are covered batting cages and bullpen facilities with six mounds. There’s a dorm, dining hall, class room for English and Spanish literacy development and a computer lab.

Mariners president Kevin Mather, general manager Jack Zduriencik, the organization’s director of Dominican Republic administration Martin Valerio and second baseman Robinson Cano were on hand along with Whitney Jensen-Rodriguez, who was representing the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic.

“It is understood by every fan of Major League Baseball just how important the Dominican Republic has been to the welfare of our fine game, ” Zduriencik said in a statement. “By opening this state-of-the-art facility in Boca Chica, it bonds a long standing relationship that the Seattle Mariners organization has had with players, coaches, and fans from the Dominican Republic and this wonderful country. I speak for every member of this organization when I say; we are excited and proud that this facility will ensure what is best for each and every player that signs a professional baseball contract with the Seattle Mariners.”

Cano joined the players there in a workout and took batting practice. _Q9U2587 _Q9U2571 _Q9U2094
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