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SANTO DOMINGO. - President Leonel Fernandez met Wednesday with the owners of the Chicago Cubs, and discussed the future of Dominican players in the United States Major League Baseball.

The brothers Tom, Pete and Todd Ricketts went to the chief executive’s officie in company of Dominican general consul in Chicago, Gisselle Castillo, who coordinated the meeting.

She said Fernandez was interested in the participation of the Dominicans in the Cubs, as well as in the youngsters who live in the club’s farm team at Boca Chica, 20 miles east of the capital.

She said the Ricketts and the Dominican President executive also agreed on the importance of educating the Dominican players, for which the Cubs owners stressed the need for them to speak English fluently and to grow personally.

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Written by: Atabey, 21 Jan 2011 10:16 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Perhaps the way forward is to create hundreds of schools with themes like "Baseball" and other such market driven concerns. If by doing so, more money enters the education sector and more Dominicans, especially those now under-served, get a good or decent chance at education with some English language instruction, I say it's a win-win for all. Something dramatic has to happen because the quality of the human product coming from DR is not competitive, and the people who should care, the leaders of the nation, appear to be unmoved by Constitutional law or even moral indignity at the slow pace of righting a long-term deficit in this most crucial of sectors.

So if MLB thinks it can help out by getting involved in developing the talents of DR youngsters I say welcome, let's talk. If every team contributed funding for say 10 K-12 schools, over 300 such schools would become operational in DR.
Written by: Atabey, 21 Jan 2011 10:19 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
And the beauty would be that the teams would then have a chance to develop young talent from the ground up, having a clear interest and motivated by its investments in the school and individuals it produces.
Perhaps other team sports, say in Futbol, could possibly join this trend. Like to see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester U, and the other football elite set up schools with academic-sports themes.
In an ideal world, schools would be sufficiently funded through general tax programs and not have to rely on "themes" to attract investments. Governments would do good for its citizenry. In DR we know fully well by now that getting government to do the right thing is not unfortunately likely to make it happen within acceptably time periods. Other more Ego promoting developments, The Metro, take precedence in such competition. Thus we're left with these interesting gambits to consider. DR is small relatively speaking and a few of these schemes may very well produce the goods
Written by: xwill7, 21 Jan 2011 10:58 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Yes, they need to learn better english. It would be nice if more of them would do more TV and radio interviews!
Written by: danny00, 21 Jan 2011 12:03 PM
From: United States, Berlin Germany
better english would be nice, have u ever seen some of the books in these so called english schools? i have and in no way is it proper english.
the other of many problems is that most of the teachers are dominican that have not even been to the states or any other english speaking country, not their fault but still a problem for the students to learn, one other problem is that lots of these kids and i have worked with them in the past tell me that ok! they learn some english at school the problem is that when they go home no one in the family speaks english and they forget many words they had school.
Written by: danny00, 21 Jan 2011 12:06 PM
From: United States, Berlin Germany
have friends in st.petersburg russia, they tell me 1,000 go to school to learn english they feel its a big plus for them to know how to speak english..
Written by: danny00, 21 Jan 2011 12:11 PM
From: United States, Berlin Germany
just like for the blacks in the states basketball was their ticket out of the slums and a life of misery, baseball is and can be the ticket for many young dominicans. more money in baseball then in the drug trade and u can make sossmething special out of your life.
with baseball u can be a true hero with millions that love u. in the drug business u lose your life and the life of your family and are only a hero to the uneducated idiots that look for the fast way to the top.[which in most cases is short lived}
Written by: xwill7, 21 Jan 2011 12:17 PM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
They should also make them take finance101
Written by: curios1, 22 Jan 2011 12:08 AM
From: United States, right where im standin
each time i visit the dr i spend time going over english lessons with two young girls at the corner lavedaria. there mother thinks im helping them learn english. pero soy aprendiando espanol. your right what is learned in school is quickly forgotten if not practiced at home. this trip i have a learn to speak english kit k-9 desighned for spanish speaking parents. what i would give to save every young person the disapiontment of drugs. its to bad pro sports organisations dont pour money into all schools the world over. every kid grows up dreaming of what it would be like in front of a cheering crowd. i kno i did.
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