Some Massachusetts ball players have made sure some less fortunate can play, too.
Players involved with the Arlington (Massachusetts) Youth Baseball and Softball Association recently held a used equipment collections for children in the community of Valle de Casa in Nicaragua.
Baseball players there had been using dried fruit and rakes to play instead of proper equipment.
The equipment was used to outfit several teams in the area.
Reports say that the athletes were thrilled with the new gear.
Players and Families Fight to Save Fields
With their baseball fields slated to close, some players and their families are pulling out all the stops to save them.
Developers who recently purchased the land where the Sonoma (California) Little League games are played initially planned to spare the facilities at Paul’s Field, but plans have changed. A multi-million dollar aquatic complex is scheduled to be built on the site as early as 2017.
Recently, players and families picketed in front the fields spreading their message, and a Sonoma resident started an online petition that has over 1,000 signatures as of December 25.
As it stands, players have a season or two at the fields that were built in 1958. League officials and players are currently searching for alternatives. While other local parks are options, those involved don’t want to see Paul’s Field go.
Kansas City Youth Academy Gets $4 Million
Kids in Kansas City will soon be reaping the benefits of an $8 million baseball facility.
Recently, $4 million in tax credits was awarded to the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy by the Missouri Development Finance Board.
The park, which is one of several around the country to pop up in cities and meant to promote the game, is expected to open by next fall.
In total, the city will be able to access up to $8 million in donations through the credits.
Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals are working together on the project.