Posts Tagged ‘Baseball in Panama’

The Canal Was Nice, but We Want Baseball

Panamanian President Martin Torrijos wants his nation to prosper. So while he was in New York, he didn’t miss a single opportunity to bring higher status and economic prosperity to the Central American nation. Apparently, while he was on his way to the United Nations General Assembly, El Presidente found time to talk to MLB executives and throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game.

MLB COO Bob DuPuy spoke positively about the possibility of upgrading the Panamanian baseball pipeline, including the following proposal:

MLB’s role would be to provide technical assistance in the building and refurbishing of the facilities. Panama also asked for assistance in the possible creation of a high school academy similar to Edwin Correa’s Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School where players improve their baseball skills while also receiving a high school diploma and potentially earning a college scholarship.

Exhibition games during Spring Training in 2010, along with the continued training of Panamanian coaches and scouting by Major League personnel were also among the matters discussed. All matters are being evaluated by MLB.

[MLB.com]

There are currently more than eighty Panamanian nationals playing in MiLB, with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and Astros outfielder Carlos Lee among the handful from that country currently playing in the majors.