Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jamaica to build baseball field with help from MLB

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)—Jamaica is taking after its baseball-crazy Caribbean neighbors with plans for a new field supported by Major League Baseball.

Island officials say the diamond will be part of a new stadium in Trelawny, west of the capital Kingston.

MLB officials say it would be the organization’s first investment in the Caribbean island if the project is approved.

“We want to totally help develop the game and present the youths of Jamaica with new opportunities,” Renaldo Peralta, MLB’s manager for baseball operations in Latin America, said during a trip last week to meet with local officials.

MLB spokesman Matt Bourne said on Saturday that he could not provide details on the proposal.

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