MLB Players, Execs Visit U.S. Ambassador To D.R.

  • January 28, 2011
Major League Baseball executives will visit and 40 Major League stopped by the residence of the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on Thursday evening.  The visit, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre, celebrated the charitable work of the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA) and Major League players in Dominican communities. The purpose was to encourage additional opportunities via MLB-DDA's relationship with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Jorge Pérez-Díaz, the head of Latin American Oversight for Major League Baseball, was among the MLB delegation at the event, along with the interim director of USAID, James Watson. 

The Major League players in attendance included three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez; Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde of the Detroit Tigers; Robinson Cano and Rafael Soriano of the New York Yankees; Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs; Nelson Cruz and 2010 American League Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers; Octavio Dotel of the Toronto Blue Jays; coach Manny Mota of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies; David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox; Ervin Santana and coach Alfredo Griffin of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and many others.



During the visit, MLB representatives and players discussed plans for the organization of a campaign with MLB Clubs called "Dominican Baseball Families."  The proposed campaign focuses on connecting fans to community development projects in the Dominican Republic by organizing players, Clubs and fans into "families." 

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