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By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 14, 2020: Major League Baseball, (MLB), will return to a Caribbean nation this March after a 20 years absence.
Major League Baseball is returning to Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years on March 7th. The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will play a spring training there.
MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic. The event marks the first MLB game to be played in the DR since 2000 Spring Training, when the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros played at the same ballpark. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic.
“The Detroit Tigers are honored to be selected by Major League Baseball for this event in the Dominican Republic,” said Al Avila, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Tigers. “International growth – especially in Latin America – is a priority for many teams across the sport, and for me, personally, it means a great deal with my father, Ralph, having started the first baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic – Campos Las Palmas – and with his efforts starting the Dominican Summer League. It’s truly a country that has passionate fans and a rich history with baseball.”
The Twins are returning to the international stage after playing in the 2018 Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota played host for the two-game set and split the series with the Indians. The Twins also participated in the Clemente Series in 1983 against the Chicago White Sox.
“The Minnesota Twins are honored to join the Detroit Tigers in making the trip to the Dominican Republic as part of Major League Baseball’s international play plan,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Our franchise is excited to have this opportunity to help celebrate the Dominican Republic’s love affair with our game and incredible impact on MLB.”
“We are excited MLB has chosen the Dominican Republic as part of its Spring Training schedule,” said Eduardo Najri, President of the Board of Trustees for Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium. “Dominicans are passionate about the game, and I am sure they will be thrilled to see not only their Dominican players, but players who have also participated in our winter league as well. I am sure the Tigers and Twins will put on an amazing show.”
As a part of the festivities, MLB will host its signature youth engagement activity with two free PLAY BALL events that will highlight the fun, informal ways to enjoy baseball and softball. The events will take place in both Barahona (Saturday, March 7th) and Santo Domingo (Sunday, March 8th) featuring a variety of baseball and softball stations for participating kids. The event in Barahona will also be held in connection to Opening Day ceremonies for the Dominican Republic Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.
Tickets for the game are available at https://mlb.uepa.com/
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Feb. 13, 2020: The cream always rises to the top. This popular idiom is often used to suggest that quality people never go unnoticed for too long – just like cream will usually always rise to the top of a cup of coffee or tea. It’s an idiom that perfectly describes the NBA fortunes of Bahamian basketball star, Buddy Hield, who is enjoying a record-breaking career in the United States.
During the recent 122-102 win for the Sacramento Kings against the San Antonio Spurs, nine magnificent 3-pointers for Buddy Hield meant that he’d achieved a new record. Having reached a career total of 802 with his efforts in that game, the 27-year-old from Freeport in the Bahamas became the fastest player in NBA history to score 800 3-pointers.
The previous holder of that record was 31-year-old Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors icon who has been setting the pace for 3-pointers throughout his career. However, as NBC Sports reporters have noted, the 3x NBA Champion and 6x NBA All-Star will now be looking over his shoulder, because every time Stephen Curry sets another 3-point record, Buddy Hield will be there to break it.
At the age of 27, it’s fair to say that Buddy Hield has a slight age advantage in his favour, which means plenty of time to continue on track to becoming the greatest NBA 3-point maker of all time. In April of last year, he also broke Damian Lillard’s record for most 3-pointers made in a player’s first three NBA seasons. More records are sure to follow and even more impressive, he’s achieving these feats while playing for a struggling team.
The Sacramento Kings haven’t won a Championship or Conference title since way back in 1951 as the Rochester Royals. As the current franchise, they haven’t won a Divisional title since 2003. The Kings haven’t even reached the Playoffs for 13 years and with long-shot NBA betting odds of +30000 for the Championship this season, they’re rank outsiders to even get a crack at the title.
Finishing 9th overall last season in the NBA League rankings was the best the Kings have managed to achieve for more than a decade. There’s not doubt that Buddy Hield played a large part in that overall improvement, thanks to his remarkable 3-point making ability and playing all 82 games of the regular season.
However, for most of the current season, Buddy Hield’s playing role with the Sacramento Kings has become a huge topic of debate, with current head coach Luke Walton coming under fire and even benching the player. Instead of letting the Bahaman 3-point expert focus on his shooting strengths, the head coach has been tying his star player down with defensive duties, which aren’t the best element of his game.
Despite what is clearly a frustrating situation for the player and his team, Buddy Hield remains one of the very best 3-point makers in the NBA, with only James Harden and Damian Lillard just ahead for three-pointers made in the 2019-20 regular season. The key difference is those two superstars are playing for teams who are nailed-on to reach the Playoffs this year.
While he only signed a lucrative new $100 million 4-year contract extension last summer, it’s fair to say that Buddy Hield could reach a whole new level with a better team. His ability is unquestionable, which means that at the end of the current season, a team with better playoff prospects could come calling for his services, keen to make use of his amazing talent for hitting the hoop from range.