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Mets Reach Out to Ghana

This is pretty cool. The New York Mets paid for six Ghanaians to travel to the United States and attend Spring Training with the club this year. This is the first I have heard about baseball in Ghana, which did not have any representatives at least year’s MLB European Baseball Academy. Three of the Ghanaians who traveled to the U.S. were players, and three were coaches, who attended seminars on modern coaching and training techniques.

Baseball in Africa is a pretty cool development, and both individual teams and MLB are investing millions trying to bring the game to Africa’s poor communities, in hope of creating a new prospect pipeline. Right now African baseball is divided into South Africa, the continent’s lone representative at the World Baseball Classic, and everywhere else. South Africa, where baseball is growing exponentially, has more baseball programs than the rest of Africa combined, so there is quite a long way to go.

A representative of MLB who I spoke to in Africa a couple of months ago told me about a Nigerian outfielder he had occasion to scout who was talented enough to earn a college scholarship with the right training. Three years later, the same MLB official saw the same player in the same tournament, and the kid had played a total of three baseball games in the intervening years, due to lack of opportunity.

It’s a start, but there is a long way to go.

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May 5, 2007 - Posted by | African Baseball

5 Comments »

  1. That’s great. I also read on a Brazilian baseball website that MLB is sending coaches to Sao Paolo to train kids next month. There are a handful of Brazilians playing minor league baseball in the US and Venezuela. I know Little League Baseball started a league in Sao Paolo in 2005. There must be MLB scouts in Brazl.

    Comment by Richard | May 6, 2007

  2. This is so interesting! I am currently in Ghana doing a research project on the development of baseball here, mostly focusing on how it has become a development initiative sponsored by USAID as well as a business venture for US and Ghanaian interests. I was hoping you had any helpful contacts and also where you got this information. Thanks! Good luck with everything.

    Comment by Kelly | September 17, 2007

  3. This is truely funny how you could get all these moneys to travel to Africa when there are existing African baseball organizations literally pleading for financial support to foster their programs.Its truely sad you’re granted all these resources at the expense of Africans who can do the work effectively and cheaper but it is obvious all these media circus and propaganda does not have African interest in mind.

    Comment by AFRICAN BASEBALL | December 13, 2007

  4. Firstly, I would like to thank the organizers of this forum.

    My view is that Ghana needs exposure in baseball as we aim at developing and promoting the game. The disappointment is that collaboration is not yet established to develop the game with the organisations on the ground making sure that enough is achieved accross the regions.We need funding support, not display of fund!
    Sad to realize that intersts do not support the right course of a team work. Well, one day!

    PEAUDA Foundation-www.peauda.net

    Comment by Cephas | December 17, 2007

  5. Who would I contact to follow baseball in South Africa?

    Comment by Dave Dagostino | March 18, 2009


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