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Major League Baseball Players Trust organizes Player Goodwill Tour to Colombia

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2019 —  The Major Leagues Baseball Players Trust today announced a Players Goodwill Tour of Colombia.  The tour will mark the Trust’s first visit to the country.  Events will take place from December 10–13, 2019, in three different cities. 

The goodwill tour will include baseball clinics for Colombian and Venezuelan youth organized in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Colombia and Project Beísbol in Cartagena and Barranquilla, as well as the inauguration of a baseball field in Bogotá.  They’ll also attend a formal reception in the capital city Bogotá hosted by the US Ambassador, Philip S. Goldberg. 

The Major League players that will participate in all or part of the Goodwill tour will include;  José Quintana, Julio Teheran, Tayron Guerrero, José Altuve, Marwin González, Félix Hernandez, Francisco Cervelli, Sandy León, Wilson Ramos, Carlos Carrasco, Eduardo Rodríguez, Eduardo Escobar, David Peralta, Nick Burdi, former player Edgar Renteria and additional players who will join along the way. 

The Major League Baseball Players Association will be represented by Executive Director and former Major League player Tony Clark, Senior Director of Player Operations Leonor Colon and Player Operations Manager Vickie Carballo, as well as former Major League players Javy Vazquez and Jose Cruz.

The tour will consist of a donation to Project Beísbol that will include equipment donations that will benefit over 600 kids in Colombia; along with a donation to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to  support their efforts assisting  Latin American countries hosting the vast majority of Venezuelans who have fled their country. 

The schedule is as follows:

Dec. 10, 2019

Cartagena

11:00 AM – Press conference at Estadio de Beísbol Abel Leal

11:45 AM -1:00 PM – Baseball Clinic

Dec. 11, 2019

Barranquilla

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Community Vist to Casa Lúdica La Paz in Barranquilla

Dec. 12, 2019

Barranquilla

10:30 AM – Press Conference Estadio Edgar Rentería

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM – Baseball Clinic

Dec. 13, 2019

Bogotá

12:00 PM – Inauguration at Parque Fontanar del Rio in Suba, Bogotá

1:00 PM – Press Conference

Media interested in attending events in any of the three cities can send their information, including their name, outlet, and national identification, to PressB@state.gov or call +57 310 571 4155 or +57 310 803 0759 for more information.