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Cano and Soriano visit U.S. Ambassador to the D.R.

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

New Yankees teammates Robinson Cano and Rafael Soriano were among the MLB players who visiting the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on Thursday night. Here’s the press release and a picture, both passed along by Major League Baseball.

A contingent of representatives from Major League Baseball’s office in Santo Domingo and more than 40 Major League players visited the residence of the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on Thursday evening. The visit, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Ambassador Raul Yzaguirre, celebrated the charitable work of the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA) and Major League players in Dominican communities and aimed to encourage additional opportunities via MLB-DDA’s relationship with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Jorge Pérez-Díaz, the head of Latin American Oversight for Major League Baseball, was among the MLB delegation at the event, along with the interim director of USAID, James Watson. The Major League players in attendance included three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez; Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde of the Detroit Tigers; Robinson Cano and Rafael Soriano of the New York Yankees; Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs; Nelson Cruz and 2010 American League Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers; Octavio Dotel of the Toronto Blue Jays; coach Manny Mota of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies; David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox; Ervin Santana and coach Alfredo Griffin of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and many others.

“Major League Baseball was delighted to spend time with the U.S. Ambassador and build on this vital relationship,” Pérez-Díaz said. “MLB is honored to work with USAID in order to identify creative ways of supporting the Dominican Republic through our common bond of baseball. The work of the Dominican players in the Majors to benefit their communities at home is truly admirable.”

During the visit, MLB representatives and players discussed plans for the organization of a campaign with MLB Clubs called “Dominican Baseball Families.” The proposed campaign focuses on connecting fans to community development projects in the Dominican Republic by organizing players, Clubs and fans into “families.” The families would then become active participants in supporting existing and new projects that are co-managed by the MLB-DDA.

“Many players participate in fundraising and community events to support the communities of the United States,” said Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, “but we also want to support our communities in the Dominican Republic, and we welcome the support of the Major League teams and the fans.”

The MLB-DDA was created to attract resources from the MLB industry to support sound community development projects in the Dominican Republic, which produced more than 10 percent of MLB players on 2010 Opening Day rosters. USAID provided $1 million to benefit partnering 501(c)3 certified community development organizations in the DR. To date, the MLB-DDA has channeled over $1.2 million to support 16 projects in the Caribbean nation.

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55 Responses to “Cano and Soriano visit U.S. Ambassador to the D.R.”

  1. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I see Robinson in the picture above, but I don’t really know what Soriano looks like yet.

    Doing good works is always a nice thing.

  2. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    “Love that Jeter/Kevin Long article! Hope he kills this year and shows all the naysayers here.”

    —————

    Wouldn’t you be one of the naysayers? You are on record multiple times that you don’t want Jeter leading off next season?

  3. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Doreen….You’re right regarding the makeshift bragging rights to an extent…….For me I just finally use the issue to determine how strongly one really believes what they’re selling over and over again……It’s that old adage about money talking and whatever walks……To me it’s the great neutralizer except when it comes to Erica who took me to task last winter…….Be afraid of Erica, be very afraid…..In the future I’m invoking the Doreen rule……Peter Pan no more…….

  4. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    That’s correct, I think the Yankees would be best served with Jeter hitting second behind Gardner. With Gardner’s better speed, a higher OBP and Jeter’s ability to hit behind the runner, it makes sense to me. I believe it would lead to quite a few situations where Gardner would be in scoring position with the heart of the order coming up with one out or less.

    That hardly qualifies me as a naysayer.

  5. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Pat M -

    It’s one thing, it seems to me, to be reading someone saying one thing a hundred times over the course of the season and then read them say the polar opposite, and you think you must be crazy so you look it up.

    It’s another thing to anticipate it and look forward to “catching” people by looking back at the archives.

    Putting one’s money where one’s mouth is one way to see how strongly someone feels about something. You have to watch Erica. She goes to Atlantic City to relax!! :lol: (J/K Erica!)

    Pat M – don’t give up Peter Pan – you always need a Peter Pan around to remind you it’s okay not to always be a grown up.

  6. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Lol. You have been very clear you don’t want Jeter at the top of the lineup dating back to during the 2010 season. Don’t insult the lohud faithful with this new I want him hitting 2nd spin on it.

  7. Erica in NY January 28th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Erica is the real deal :-)

  8. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Erica!

  9. SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    But he wanted the Yankees to give Jeter 25 million dollars as a “bonus” for good service or they would be treating him like garbage. Go figure.

  10. SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Erica is very much the real deal.

    Although, having just come back from dinner with my accountant, I’m not a big fan of accountants right now. lol

  11. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Doreen…Well in some ways I refuse to give up the days of youth….So I’m watching the Millrose Games from the Garden …. I used to brave the cold night in February as a kid to go there to watch the greatest in track and field……Although the only time I was really outside was waiting for the train in Bronxville because after that everything was underground…….

  12. Erica in NY January 28th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Doreen!

    Thank you and Pat M for making me smile.

    It took me forever to get home. Then I walked in to realize my house phone broke for the second time in two months. Because it was snowing I decided to bundle up and hike to my local Radio Shack for a replacement. I came home and realized that I wasn’t paying attention and bought one without an answering machine. So I re-bundled up and drove back over there. (Hunger and laziness won over my hatred of driving in snow). Now $70 later, I have my new phone hooked up but I still haven’t gotten to dinner.

    And I am wondering in light of my new phone if I should keep my new “I bought these cause I hate my job and deserve a treat” Uggs that came today…….

    But thank you guys for cheering me up :-)

  13. Erica in NY January 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Erica is very much the real deal.

    Although, having just come back from dinner with my accountant, I’m not a big fan of accountants right now. lol

    ***************

    Me neither.

    In fact, thanks to some fake holiday in Washington DC on April 15th, the IRS extended the deadline to April 18th.

    A memo went out today that we should expect to work that extra weekend and vacation on April 18th is not allowed.

    Oh- and I got my W-2 today. It never ceases to amaze me how much I make verses what I actually bring home. And I do not believe I should have to contribute to social security since it won’t exist when I am 65

  14. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    SJ……Better that than a Tax Attorney as I just found out …….Time to drink common beer, it’s your lifestyle my man….Besides who tips in the 30 % bracket as a normal practice ???? SJ does

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Who said it was new? Hitting Jeter second is not a demotion. And SJ44, yes, I believe they treated Jeter like garbage during the negotiations and yes, I think due to his extraordinary value to this franchise that warranted.was

    And for the record, I too am a LoHud participant whether you like it or not.

  16. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    sic – was warranted.

  17. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Erica -

    Keep the Uggs.

    And, you’re welcome. :)

  18. Nat January 28th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    SJ……Better that than a Tax Attorney as I just found out

    ——–

    Hey, hey, hey now.

  19. SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Yeah, he tells me the same thing Pat M, lol

    I never realized semi-retirement could be so damn expensive.

  20. SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I could care less if you are a LoHud participant West Coast.

    Honestly, it’s just not something that concerns me.

  21. Erica in NY January 28th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Doreen-

    I probably will. I just feel a little guilty about doing so right now. My car cost me a small fortune in January. (My auto insurance came due for renewal the same time I needed an oil change, annual inspection, new windshield wipers, new air filters, and new brakes). Then Stevie Nicks announced a tour date. My next credit card bill is going to make me throw up.

    And I have dreams of going to Atlantic City next month :-)

  22. Erica in NY January 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:32 pm
    Yeah, he tells me the same thing Pat M, lol

    I never realized semi-retirement could be so damn expensive.

    ************

    Its better than the “forced” retirement my dad is living in right now.

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    That was to LGY to answer his elitist LoHud faithful comment.

  24. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Speaking of Social Security – I get a yearly statement with my lifetime earnings. I haven’t had a full-time job since my daughter was born, and I worked part-time for a little while. You would die laughing if you saw the amount. I’m caught between hysterical laughter and hysterical tears.

    I really want to tell them, please, save the paper, save the ink, save the stamp. I don’t want a reminder.

    I stopped working part-time when we realized that all it did was go to the tax man. Great song, by the way.

  25. Nick in SF January 28th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    They hand ou the participation award certificate over there. :arrow:

  26. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Your killing me tonight WC. Hitting 2nd! That’s what you meant all along criticizing Girardi for not moving Jetes down in the lineup.

  27. SJ44 January 28th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Pat M,

    Tony is heading to Bradenton on Friday. He’s getting an early start. He had a great Mimi camp a few weeks ago and carried that momentum into the rest of his off-season program.

    He’s really looking good. He is swinging the bat as well as he has ever swung it for this time of year.

    If he can get off to a good start, I think there is a great chance he finishes the year in AAA.

  28. Doreen January 28th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Erica -

    I understand. It always seems to happen like that.

  29. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    What is elitist about lohud faithful?

    All I meant was lohud readers, including yourself.

  30. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    The Newcastle just gave me a kick to be a little creative with my words :)

  31. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    SJ……Tony will be with the big club sometime in 2012

  32. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Hopefully when Tony makes it to the bigs Fox doesn’t put the camera on the wrong guy when they are looking for SJ like they did to Mayberry!

  33. Nick in SF January 28th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Newcastle????

    Elitist British brown ale from England’s industrial north.

    Now a picture forms.

  34. igotid88 January 28th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Anybody watching the NHL All Star draft selection?

  35. LGY January 28th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    LMAO! Nick is on to me. I meant common beer. Pat M is buying.

  36. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    igotid88 January 28th, 2011 at 8:53 pm
    Anybody watching the NHL All Star draft selection?
    _____
    Yes, but started watching late. Who were the first few picks?

  37. Stoneburner January 28th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Encouraging news on Justin Morneau – looks as if not many “can see his career over” such as on this blog. More updates to come in the following weeks and months.

    One of the biggest offseason developments for the Twins has been Justin Morneau’s recovery from the concussion he suffered in July.

    Twins GM Bill Smith provided an update last week when he appeared on the MLB Network channel. Host Mike Ferrin asked the following question:

    Ferrin: “Are you as confident as Justin is that when spring training starts he’s going to be full bore in activities?”

    Smith’s response: “Well he called the other day and I had a great talk with him. I hadn’t talked with him in probably a month and he told me that he has had a real good week of workouts. He said he pushed it, I think he said – this was Monday night – so he said on Friday he pushed it about as hard as he can in any workout and he didn’t have any problems. And that’s a great thing for us.

    “The doctors had told us last year that these things take time. It’s a concussion, is an injury to the brain, and they take time to heal and they cautioned us of that. And everything that they have said has come true. So through July, August, September, whenever he had some kind of symptoms the doctors cautioned him to back off.

    “Now he’s at the point that the doctors told him if you have any small symptoms of that concussion just fight through it, just work through it and he said he’s been feeling real good. He’s doing all his conditioning work right now. He’ll start the baseball activities. He did say he played catch the other day. He’s going to start swinging the bat probably the first of February, which gives him two months before Opening Day. So I think we’re right on track and we’re very optimistic of getting him back.”

    Some fans have approached me during the offseason and said, “Morneau’s done, isn’t he?” Of course he’s not. If this was 10 years ago, Morneau probably would have been back on the field in August. But concussion awareness has increased in all sports and athletes are being more cautious. Wild fans have seen that with Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
    Right now, everything is looking good for the Twins’ first baseman.

  38. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    As a fan of the game this is good news for Justin….He’s a special talent……LGY, my preference in brews are really simple, Coors Light or on occasion I’ll opt for the leaded Coors…..It’s SJ who fancies the Premium Hops….After his meeting with his accountant, he may very well be on an allowance for awhile…..

  39. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Not that anyone should care, but I like McSorley’s Pale Irish Ale.

  40. tyanksfan36 January 28th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Doreen says:

    January 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Speaking of Social Security – I get a yearly statement with my lifetime earnings. I haven’t had a full-time job since my daughter was born, and I worked part-time for a little while. You would die laughing if you saw the amount. I’m caught between hysterical laughter and hysterical tears.

    I really want to tell them, please, save the paper, save the ink, save the stamp. I don’t want a reminder.

    I stopped working part-time when we realized that all it did was go to the tax man. Great song, by the way

    —-

    I got a raise a month ago that had me laughing. 10 cents! Now let me tell you I make just over minimum wage, I can’t threaten to leave because the odds I find a job doing the same where I can work just 2 days a week is unlikely. Ill have to suck it up until August but I thought it was just ridiculous I’ve worked at this place 3 years and the only raise I ever got was 10 cents.

  41. Bronx Jeers January 28th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    sic – was warranted.

    ——————————-

    Wrong usage. Not unlike your improper use of the word sycophant.

    Trouble with the S words huh?

    Try this one.

    skedaddle

  42. yankeefeminista January 28th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Very good news about Morneau, but are you supposed to “fight” through even small symptons?

    Newhouse, I used to drink. When I drink beer now, Magic Hat No.9 and Singha.

    Still not clear on this NHL Fantasy Draft. Are they determining the Sunday teams based on this? If so, very non-traditional.

    Couldn’t you tutor, tyanks? I’d think that would pay pretty well.

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Sorry if reason and intellect aren’t part of your skill set Jeers. Keep trying!

  44. pat January 28th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Baggy clothes or has Derek gotten skinnier?

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ertainment

  45. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    WCYF……That red bullseye is now decorated with flashing lights….

  46. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Man Turtle has lost a lot of weight…I guess he quit the herbs and therefore no munches

  47. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I actually gained weight after I stopped smoking weed.

  48. West Coast Yankee Fan January 28th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I look good in bright colors Pat M.

  49. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Of course, putting the grass in brownies instead of smoking it will normally put weight on a person.

  50. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    GB….I have a medical card as you well know…..

  51. Rich in NJ January 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I work out, GB, so it’s not a problem, but otherwise, good one.

  52. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm
    GB….I have a medical card as you well know…..

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Pat, does it mean anything that my medical card is expired? I’m starting to get concerned. At my age, I never like seeing my name and expired in the same sentence.

    I figured I’d better say that and take away some of Randy’s ammo.

  53. jacksquat January 28th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    pat January 28th, 2011 at 9:33 pm
    Baggy clothes or has Derek gotten skinnier?

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det…..ertainment

    Derek has never been all that big.

  54. GreenBeret7 January 28th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Jeter is a lot bigger than people may realize. He’s big in the upper body.

  55. Pat M. January 28th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    GB…..Good line……Speaking of which my med maryjane will be up for renewal this April 15th Tax Day….And all that stuff is tax deductable…..

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