Miami Marlins opens development academy in Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Miami Marlins opened their new academy in the Dominican Republic on Friday, where they hope to develop talents such as current National League Cy Young Award contender Sandy Alcantara.

Sitting on 35 acres (14 hectares), the academy has three major league regulation playing fields, an area for agility drills, four tunnels for batting cages, an indoor set of six pitching mounds, a two-story administration building and a residential complex.

The facilities are in Boca Chica, on the outskirts of the Dominican capital, where for years the academies of the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins, Phillies have been located. of Philadelphia and the Colorado Rockies.

The opening came three days after St. Louis bench coach Skip Schumaker was named coach of the Marlins, replacing Don Mattingly.

The arrival of Schumaker is not the only novelty in Miami.

Marlins owner Bruce Sherman has confirmed reports that Oz Ocampo, an Astros executive in charge of successful international signings such as Dominicans Framber Valdez and Cristian Javier, Mexican Jose Urquidy and Cuban Yuli Gurriel, will be the new assistant to Kim Ng, Miami’s general manager. .

Ocampo “had tremendous success with the Houston Astros. Well, he’s now working for the Miami Marlins,” Sherman told The Associated Press during the opener.

He said Miami is working to improve its results. This season, the Marlins were 69-93, the 12th time they have finished with a losing record in the last 13 years. The exception was 2020, when they went 31-29.

“It’s not just about a year. It’s long term,” Sherman said.

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