Mariners closing Venezulean operations
The Mariners are consolidating their Latin American developmental program into their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic and will no longer field a team and operations in Venezuela, the club announced Monday.
Beginning with the upcoming 2015 season, the Mariners will field two teams in the Dominican Summer League, but won’t have a club in the Venezuelan Summer League.
The Mariners opened a new academy in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic last year that is designed to house up to 80 players.
“The Mariners player development program in Latin America will be consolidated in our state-of-the-art facility in the Dominican Republic,” said Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. “Our plan all along has been to centralize our efforts. By bringing our operation under one umbrella, we will be much more efficient and effective in the development of young players, who will all compete on our two teams in the Dominican Summer League.
“We will continue to be heavily invested in our scouting efforts throughout Latin American and particularly in Venezuela, where we have a great tradition and have experienced much success.”
The Mariners were one of just five Major League clubs with teams still playing in the Venezuelan Summer League.