Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rays Brazil Academy Aborted?

My understanding of this interview with President Jorge Otsuka of the Brazilian Baseball and Softball Confederation (the CBBS) is that the joint venture between the city of Marilia and the Rays to build a Rays baseball academy has been 'aborted' by the city.

The interview was posted by the Baseball Brasil site. Can anyone who speaks Portuguese please correct/clarify?

The Brazil academy was announced in December of 2008 and described as follows:
The Tampa Bay Rays and the city of Marília, Brazil, have announced a partnership that will include construction of a training facility beginning in the first quarter of 2009. It will be the first baseball academy run by a Major League organization in Brazil.

The academy will be constructed jointly by the local and federal governments, and will consist of two full playing fields, two diamonds for youth teams, and dormitories, which will accommodate up to 40 players. Adriano de Souza, who was hired in 2008 to scout Brazil for the Rays, will coordinate the academy.

As part of the partnership between the municipal government of Marília and the Tampa Bay organization, the Rays will be scouting for baseball talent in Brazil, a country of 200 million. The Rays will also introduce baseball to groups between 7 and 14 years of age in the Marília area. The city of Marília has a population of 250,000 and is located 230 miles northwest of São Paulo.


  1. Starting at 2:07, Otsuka says:

    "Infelizmente, o projeto de Tampa Bay não vai vingar porque a prefeitura de Marília abortou já essa ideia de construir a academia lá em Marília."

    -- "Unfortunately, Tampa Bay's project is not going to come to fruition because Marilia's city hall has already called off that idea to build the academy in Marilia."


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