The Boys of Summer Will Finally Get Their Day in the Sun

Posted by Gran Pacifica on Jul 21, 2011 5:55:55 AM

A rendition of the new baseball academy, which will break ground this year.

The U.S.-based International Baseball Association (IBA) recently announced its plans to build the first state-of-the-art baseball academy in Nicaragua, similar to the ones that have produced 494 major league baseball players from the Dominican Republic over the past 30 years.

The academy, which will be run by the IBA's local affiliate, The International Baseball Academy of Central America, will become a baseball refinery and major league showcase for Nicaragua's raw and untapped talent.

The best young players in the country will be scouted to play at the academy, where they'll be housed, schooled and honed into the best ball players they can be. The cream of the crop will then be scouted and signed by Major League Baseball franchises in the United States.

If all goes according to plan, the echoed words "…Now batting…from Nicaragua …" could soon be heard with increased regularity on public-address systems in major league ballparks across the United States.

The $2.2-million phase I of the Nicaraguan baseball academy is scheduled for construction in the first half of 2010 on a coastal property adjacent to the Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort in Villa El Carmen, one hour west of Managua. The practice facilities, classrooms, computer labs, a weight room and a dormitory for up to 48 baseball players.

Phases II and III, which will cost an additional $2 million to $3 million, will see the facility expanded to accommodate up to 200 players at once, and include a full stadium to host international baseball tournaments.

Though the academy is not officially affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB), "MLB's front office and MLB have been 100 percent behind the project," according to project head Roger Keeling.

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Even before the first pitch is thrown out, the academy is already being hailed as a tremendous success for the 50,000 Nicaraguan youth involved in organized baseball, and the country in general.

"This will help bring Nicaragua back into the baseball world," said Red Sox hall of famer and Team USA baseball coach Reggie Smith, one of three former major league players involved with the academy. The other two players are former pitching great Dave Stewart, and Brad "The Animal" Lesley, a former major league pitcher who also played in Japan.

The U.S.-based International Baseball Association (IBA) recently announced its plans to build the first state-of-the-art baseball academy in Nicaragua, similar to the ones that have produced 494 major league baseball players from the Dominican Republic over the past 30 years.

"This is a great triumph for Nicaragua and for baseball," said U.S. Ambassador Robert Callahan. "This will promote tourism and employment and lend international fame to Nicaragua."

Gran Pacifica

Written by Gran Pacifica

Gran Pacifica is a master planned community of over 2500 acres and 3.5 miles of Pacific coast line an hour west of Managua in Nicaragua. The company focuses on providing their international and domestic clientele with communities that feature first-rate amenities and infrastructure including underground utilities, paved streets and sidewalks. Gran Pacifica's primary demographic is North American Retirees and vacation homes in Nicaragua owners who enjoy living in a robust beach and golf community.

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