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A Day in the Padres Baseball Academy

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic.- Living in a high quality hotel and school 6 days a week, 10 months of the year, boys from the Dominican Republic and Latin America practice baseball.

At the San Diego Padre's Baseball Academy, tucked away outside of San Cristobal, these boys learn more than just baseball. Giving these boys 16.5 years old and older an opportunity to develop in many ways, the academy gives the players found by scouts a rounded education.

They spend a few hours a day practicing baseball and then they go to their other classes. English and computer skills are two of the main curriculums taught in order to make a submersion into American culture easier when they get signed on with a team, the ultimate goal.

Following the players around during practice, meals, classes, and down time, they show those who normally cannot get a glimpse of what goes on in the academies a closer look.

Photojournalist Christine Armbruster captured all these images (see gallery)in one day at the Padres’ farm team academy.

Written by: Christine Armbruster
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14 comment(s)
Written by: Cacique, 19 Jun 2009 10:57 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Nice work, no wonder these kids are eager to get out of the barrio...
Written by: BASTA, 19 Jun 2009 11:12 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
all of this for a very boreing childs game. Duh
Written by: xwill7, 19 Jun 2009 11:18 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
They better install an HGH/PED detector at the entrance
Written by: El_Platano, 19 Jun 2009 11:49 AM
From: United States, Yonkers, NY
@BASTA,

If you think baseball is boring then you really don't know or understand the game.
Written by: xwill7, 19 Jun 2009 11:52 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Basta se poncho
Written by: BASTA, 19 Jun 2009 12:04 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
sorry it is a boreing game and I played all of my young life and+ I was in the minors for 2 years and quit because of all the bull. Better an education.
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 19 Jun 2009 2:18 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
Basta good for you and the education part but tell the folks about the hair that was growing in the palms of your hands from taking all those steroids
Written by: xwill7, 19 Jun 2009 2:52 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
the aftermath of taking steroids is that you grow breasts
Written by: juanb, 19 Jun 2009 3:25 PM
From: Dominican Republic
This "guided tour" is nothing like what these kids experience. This was for show only. Check it out when they don't know that you are coming.
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 19 Jun 2009 3:31 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
you mean like a Dickens novel !
Written by: BASTA, 19 Jun 2009 6:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
This is the worst cut throat business that I have seen or been involved in. Worse than politics.
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 19 Jun 2009 9:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
It is a good thing these kids have Sammy and Manny to look up to
Written by: xwill7, 22 Jun 2009 10:48 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
sammy, manny, and AROD are all rich, they made it, its a business for them. You think that these guys care about their names??? These players do not have to work another day of their lives. they are on their boats living the life while others are worried that they cheated.
Written by: FredCDobbs This user is banned, 22 Jun 2009 11:17 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Parque Colon statue of Anacaona
xwill7 please do not tell me you are another one of these losers than can overlook every fault because the Dumb@ss got over and made some money ...this is not a very healthy approach to life
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