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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today a partnership with the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on education in the Dominican Republic.
The program will concentrate primarily on education in the Dominican Republic, in addition to initiatives supporting children with disabilities and combating domestic violence.
“Improving education has consistently been one of the primary goals of Major League Baseball’s efforts in the Dominican Republic,” said Ng. “It is essential for the future of our game to provide these young players with the opportunity to develop in vital areas away from the diamond. We are encouraged that the launch of this program with USAID and the Players Association will continue to strengthen Baseball’s educational initiatives in the Dominican Republic and build upon the progress we have made thus far.”
“The people of the Dominican Republic hold a special place in the hearts of all Major League baseball players,” stated MLBP Executive Director Tony Clark. “With so many of our members calling the Dominican Republic home, it is an honor to join with Major League Baseball and USAID to provide funding that will help improve the lives of children and their families throughout the country.”
“Playing professional baseball requires dedication, sacrifice and lots and lots of practice,” said Ambassador Brewster. “This partnership with MLB and the MLBPA allows the people of the United States to share these values with young people throughout the Dominican Republic.”
“The partnership with Dominican baseball superstars will help USAID reach thousands of at-risk youth and encourage them to graduate high school, granting them more job opportunities,” said Feierstein. “We also want to support the Dominican Government’s efforts to enable all children, irrelevant of need, to attend school, and help parents to provide a healthy home environment.”
Mariners players Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are very involved through community service to improve education in their native country.
As you may know, Robinson Cano began a short stint playing winter ball for the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Republic last night.
The basics? He went 1-for-4 with RBI grounder and a two-run double.
Cano playing winter ball is a big deal down there since he hasn’t played there since 2009. Fans were very appreciative that they got to see one of their own superstars play in front of them.
Here’s the recap of Robinson Cano helping the Estrellas extend their winning streak to four games (Spanish): Canó, auspicioso debut en triunfo Estrellas
Here are a few pictures and video from last night.
Robinson Cano collected two hits and scored a run in the MLB All-Stars 8-7 win over a collection of players from the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers last night.
You can read about the game in MLB.com’s Joey Nowak’s recap: MLB Takes Nail-Biter in Japan Series Preview
The game was televised live on MLB Network and will be re-aired at 6 pm Seattle time tonight.
Here’s a few video’s of Robinson Cano’s performance last night:
Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan
You should go along for the ride with Robinson Cano’s Instagram account. From there you’ll see what he’s seeing and experiencing. Be sure to follow him, but in the meantime, MLB.com’s Cut4 has put together some of his best pictures here: Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan.
Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Japan All-Star Series which will all be carried on MLB Network:
• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Thursday: Travel day
• Friday: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 p.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Monday: Travel day
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel day
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
Major League Baseball’s All-Stars have arrived for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 and the players are already taking part in ceremonies before the games begin.
The Mariners are being represented by second baseman Robinson Cano, starter Hisashi Iwakuma and interpreter Antony Suzuki during the All-Star Series. The games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4:00 a.m. (ET). MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app. The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo checked in with the team and posted his feature: Major Leaguers rest up after landing in Osaka.
If you’re looking for a players perspective of this trip (in pictures), be sure to follow Robinson Cano on instagram (RobinsonCano).
Here are a few of his updates since arriving.
Here are some photos from the welcome party as well as the team photo at Koshien Stadium.
Three finalists at each position in the American League and National League were announced today for the prestigious Rawlings® Gold Glove.
Mariners Kyle Seager (3B), Robinson Cano (2B) and Felix Hernandez (P) were among the three players at their respective positions to be named finalists. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 4 at 4 pm PT on Baseball Tonight on ESPN2.
The Rawlings® Gold Glove selection process is based approximately via 75% votes by manager and coaches (up to 7 per team, can’t vote for players on own team) and 25% based on the SABR Defensive Index (statistical based).
The Mariners have not had a Gold Glove winner since Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010. Seattle had at least one winner 24 consecutive seasons from 1987-2010.
Robinson Cano had a banner first season with the Mariners, batting .314 with 37 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 157 games. The 6-time All-Star ranked 6th in the American League in batting average and hits (187), tied for 7th in doubles and 11th with a .836 OPS.
The .300 season was the 6th consecutive for Cano, tying Miguel Cabrera for the longest active streak in the Majors. Cano has hit over .300 in 8 of his 10 seasons since debuting with the Yankees in 2005, combining to bat .310 with 412 doubles, 30 triples, 218 home runs and 904 RBI in his career.
Cano’s .314 batting average over the last six seasons is 4th-highest in the Majors behind Miguel Cabrera (.331), Joe Mauer (.320) and Victor Martinez (.314).
What has been most amazing about Cano’s streak is the fact that .300 hitters are going by the wayside. Consider this, from 2003-2008, the combined MLB batting average was .266 with 221 players who hit .300 or better in a season (when qualifying for the batting title). Over the last six seasons (2009-2014), the MLB batting average has dipped to .256 with 158 players hitting .300 or better in a season.
Among American League players during the designated hitter era (since 1973), Cano’s 8 seasons batting .300 or higher are tied for 11th-most. Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki both had 10 seasons batting .300 or higher during their Mariners career.
Prior to Friday’s Fan Appreciation Game, several players were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2014 season. Here are some photos of the players that were honored tonight:
The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.
Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.
“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel. “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.
“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”
Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.
“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”
Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.
“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”
Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.
“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”
Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:
Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:
Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:
Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:
Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:
Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:
Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:
Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.
The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.