Photos from my Dominican Republic venture

Sorry about the lack of blog posts as Mariners camp opened the last two days, but I was in the Dominican Republic to write about the opening of the club’s new baseball academy there. I’ll file regular camp news and updates on the blog from now through the rest of spring, but I just got back Thursday night from the Dominican and wanted to post some photos from my trek.

You can catch all the camp news from Thursday on, with my colleague Barry Bloom capably filling in on the busy day. I also have my report on the Dominican academy posted here. It really is an impressive facility and should be a huge boost to the Mariners’ profile in that baseball hotbed.

Here are some pics I shot:

This is the front of the academy, which is located in Boca Chica, about an hour from the capital of Santo Domingo.

Some of the young prospects in camp play dominoes in a patio area outside the dormitory, with photos of Edgar Martinez and Felix Hernandez looming behind them.

There are three full baseball diamonds plus another half field on the beautifully landscaped 24-acre facility.

Robinson Cano, who lives about 10 minutes from the complex, took batting practice on Thursday. He’ll report to Mariners camp this weekend.

This photo is courtesy of @BBDominicano’s Twitter feed, and includes me talking to Cano along with ROOT TV’s cameraman Kevin Vocht and ROOT reporter Jen Mueller.

No baseball here, I just liked this shot I got on the beach at Santo Domingo, which is where we spent the night in a hotel on the water front. Would have loved to have more time to spend enjoying the sites, but was a quick down-and-back venture and now it’s time to focus on Spring Training!

You can see more (and better) picture of the academy on this photo gallery by Ben Van Houten, who is a real photographer that works for the Mariners. It’s worth checking out.

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