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The World Series is not the only pro baseball going on this weekend. Its also the start of the 2013 Caribbean Winter League Season. We started reviewing the pro parks in the Dominican Republic this past week. This will be our 3rd series of winter league cub evaluations. It was great seeing the progress they are making on the fields. I recall during our last set of inspections they were needing equipment and materials that was not available on the island. After seeing just a few of the DR parks this year, we noticed a marked improvement of the playing surfaces and the facilities. ( Photo above is Santiago’s ballpark.)
( Photo above in Santo Domingo) There are several reasons that I believe relate to the continuing improvements of the facilities and fields. MLB OPs has been hosting field clinics every other year in the DR, the MLB DR office has expanded and is a huge resource for the clubs as they determine ways to make there parks better. You also have clubs that are devoting more time and funds towards making their parks better for fans and players. Everyone wins! 6 years ago most of the fields were a bit rough and the ground crews were frustrated with lack of materials and overuse. Still room for improvement but…There is a new breeze blowing and it’s going in the right direction. Nice work by the MLB DR office and the WL. ( La Ramona Ballpark Below)
Sad to see some teams not make it to the second round of these tournaments but you know what they say. Thats baseball! You never know. I was in Lagos De Moreno yesterday checking on progress at the Pan American stadium for the next tournament. ( photo below) They still have some work to do. In Toronto last friday checking on 2015 sites for the Pan am games. And then back to Panama today.
Rico Cedeno stadium in Chitre has USA and Cuba going at it tonight while Ven vs Pan at Omar Torrijos stadium in Santiago. Looks like Panama has opened that one up. Giving Rodney Carew stadium in Panama a couple of day rest from heavy use will help us for the final 6 games. It’s ironic that our two rainouts have been USA games…but they were more like flood outs. Ryan Woodley provided some photos of his work down at Chitre. actually a combination of several guys work. Ballpark is holding up well. Thanks again to Tracy and Chad kropff for coming down to help out.
The 2011 Baseball World Cup is a couple of days from starting here in Panama. The 16 team tournament runs from Oct 2-16. When I first came to see the ballparks back in March as part of the Winter League Evaluations, I have watched them transform into some nice venues for the future of the game in this country. New Lights, Dugouts, Locker rooms fields padding maintenance equipment etc etc…
We have had a few guys working here for while. Just Wondering if they should apply for dual citizenship. Chad Olsen, Kevin Moses and Joe Skrabek have been rolling between venues. Dennis Klein came down to help for a few days and Ryan Woodley came in Monday. We have another group coming in this weekend. With 4 stadium and a lot of rain we have finally turned the corner at a couple of parks. Santiago and Aguadulce came out very nice. Chitre didn’t have as much field renovation work but had dugout and light upgrades. hoping mother nature will give us some help.
I’ve been back and forth between Lagos de Moreno, USA and Panama seeing what will be happening with the much-needed upgrades at the Pan- american stadium near Guadalajara. Have a few guys heading to Taiwan to prep for the MLB AllStar Tour in 3 different ballparks around the country. That one starts up at the end of the month. Its great have a awesome team and great friends in the industry to help make these tournaments successful. Hats off the Pandeportes and the LOC for the tournament.
If you want to watch some of the games on the web or game tracker check out this link as it continues to update with info http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2011/09/29/ibaf-has-the-baseball-world-cup-covered/f9ba50c6-e230-46b2-8946-197249266155
Over the past couple days we have been overseeing the zoysia sod installation on one of the 4 fields in Panama for the upcoming baseball world cup. It’s exciting to witness the progress of these fields. Here at Omar Torrijos Stadium, Santiago they installed a new drainage system, irrigation a sandy loam soil over gravel . With the rain they receive in this country drainage is key. Next stop for sod. Aguadulce.