Major League Baseball International (MLBI), in cooperation with the Confederation of Brazilian Baseball & Softball (CBBS), will host an MLB Elite Camp in Brazil for the first time ever, to be held in Ibiuna and Sao Paulo. The best junior baseball players from Brazil, along with young talent from Argentina, Ecuador, Panama and Peru, have been invited to participate. The camp will be held at the training grounds for the CBBS in Ibiuna from February 21st-24th and at Mie Nishi Stadium in Sao Paulo on February 25th. Former MLB All-Stars Barry Larkin and Wally Joyner will lead an instructional staff of former Major League players that will provide training to both players and coaches from Central and South American Baseball Federations.
âThe 2011 MLB Elite Camp will provide its intensive, high-level training to some of the most talented players from Brazil,â said Paul Archey, Senior Vice President, International Business Operations, Major League Baseball. âWe are privileged to have a Major League coaching staff represent MLB in the region and assist these young athletes in taking the next steps in their development as elite baseball players.â
Former Major Leaguers Bob Didier, Bruce Hurst and Elias Sosa round out the coaching staff, which will teach the intricacies of hitting, pitching, fielding, catching and base-running. National and Junior National Team coaches from countries throughout the region will be on hand to serve alongside the staff. The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, along with scouts from MLB Clubs, will be on hand all week to view the talent showcased through these clinics.
For the final day of the camp, Friday, February 25th, media and local dignitaries have been invited to participate in activities and view the skills clinics and final intra-squad game at Mie Nishi Stadium. A morning question-and-answer session featuring the MLB coaching staff will be followed by a special batting practice and interview opportunities with coaches, players and federation officials.
Since 1999, MLBI has conducted Elite Camps in Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Europe, in addition to hosting top players each year at the three MLB International Academies, located in Australia, China and Italy. More than 300 former participants from these programs have signed with Major League Clubs. From the five participating countries, 108 players are currently signed to professional contracts with MLB organizations, 14 of whom were born in Brazil.
Source: MLB International
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