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April 18, 2014
Baseball Quebec Returns to Historic Dodgertown for Annual Training Program
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Some of the top amateur baseball players in Canada will make their annual journey to Historic Dodgertown for intense training and fundamentals beginning on Sunday. The Midget AAA Development Network, now in its 28th year of enhancing the game of baseball in Canada, is one of the elite developmental programs in the country. Many alumni of the program have gone onto professional careers including former L.A. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin and top St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Tavares.
The arrival of Baseball Quebec Sunday marks yet another Canadian baseball organization training in Vero Beach for 2014. Historic Dodgertown has hosted nearly 800 youth and high school ballplayers from north of the border so far this year through tournaments and training. With the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes recently finishing mini-camp on Thursday, the presence of Canadian athletes on campus has been a near constant.
The Midget AAA teams will focus on training and the fundamentals of each position as they prepare for tournaments upon their return home. Four-inning intersquad games will be held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week under the lights of Fields 1 & 2 along with Holman Stadium. Intersquad games can be viewed by the public and no admission is required.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532