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MLB to launch a training academy in Puerto Rico

Apr 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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Puerto Rico used to produce scads of Major Leaguers. Then MLB subjected Puerto Rico to the draft and things dried up considerably. Whether that is mere correlation or causation is a topic for debate, but the idea that Puerto Rico no longer produces baseball talent the way it used to is hard to dispute.

Now baseball is doing something about it:

Major League Baseball will launch a training program in Puerto Rico aimed at talented teenagers who cannot afford specialized academies, an effort to spark player development in the U.S. territory..

Officials will hold tryouts this month in the capital of San Juan and select 50 players ages 14-18 to participate in an intensive after-school program, MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Kim Ng said Tuesday.

This is part of a larger initiative in Puerto Rico, but it’s certainly the largest part of it, and something worth doing.

  1. themuddychicken - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Cool.

  2. jtpercell - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    scads?

    • jwbiii - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      scads (skædz)

      — pl n
      informal a large amount or number

      [C19: of uncertain origin]

      Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
      2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
      Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

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