Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Robinson Impressed by MLB's Urban Youth Academy

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, along with former Orioles' teammate Don Buford, recently toured the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA and liked what he saw.

"I'm very impressed with the facility and the setup here," Robinson said after touring the fields and checking out the locker rooms and educational facilities. "It incorporates just about everything to do with baseball -- softball, youth-league themes. There are regular fields here and the setup is very workable, where it doesn't take you a lot of time to get to where you need to go here. I'm very impressed by it, and this is something that has been long overdue.

"Your mind races forward when you look at this and just think, 10 years from, 15 years from now -- what this will mean to this area. ... The kids who will be coming through here and the opportunity to give them instruction on how to play the game correctly and also preparing them on how to go on to college? I was also taken by the fact that they have umpire instruction, ground crew instruction and that was very impressive," Robinson said.

The folks at the Compton facility will likely be seeing a lot of Robinson, a Los Angeles resident, in his new role as a special advisor to the MLB executive vice president of operations Jimmie Lee Solomon.

Click here to read more about the Compton facility and Major League Baseball's efforts to bring the game to underpriveleged communities in this article from MLB's official site, "Robinson awed by Youth Academy."

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