For Canadian baseball people, this can be a difficult time of year.
Whether it’s the smell of fresh cut grass and pine tar, the feeling of the warning track under their feet, or the sounds of a batter digging in and the umpire yelling, “Play Ball”! , Canadians must first endure the late spring snow and unpleasant temperatures, before venturing outside to play baseball.
For those who have been grinding it out hitting balls in indoor cages, catching and throwing on turf, and lifting weights without a glimmer of sun shining on their faces since November, a few lucky Canadian baseball people will be the first to get their chance to play the game as it was originally intended.
Over 40 players and coaches with Team Ontario Baseball will be travelling to where the past meets the future, at the (very modern) Jackie Robinson Training Complex at spectacular Dodgertown, in Vero Beach Florida.
Players will practice, compete and live the Major League experience at the former Spring Training home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers (where they also have exclusive use of the former’s major league clubhouse).
Coaches and training staff will be spending a week in one of the true hotbeds of baseball in the United States , all while showcasing themselves to a number of College Coaches and Major League Scouts.
As the excitement continues to build with both players and coaches, we depart on March 12.
Let’s Play Ball !
“I remember the last time I walked off the field at Dodgertown, knowing that I would probably never return. I thought of the 60 years of going there for Spring Training. It’s the greatest spring training complex in the United States. I’ll never love anything the way I loved going to Dodgertown.”
Dodgers Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda