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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Yankees unaware of CIO’s announcement of $50 million stadium in Dominican Republic

“Lo Mejor Para Todos!” (save Yankee ownership)

Felix Lopez is up to his old tricks again.

Lopez, the Yankees’ executive vice president and chief international officer, took part in a press conference in the Dominican Republic on Monday to help make an announcement about a new privately funded $50 million baseball stadium outside of La Romana.

There was only one problem: the Yankees didn’t know anything about the project.

According to a source, nobody at the Yankees — including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, Lopez’s brother-in-law — had been given any heads-up about Lopez’s trip or his announcement.

“This project would be a major boost to president Danilo Medina’s efforts to promote tourism and will have a major global impact,” Lopez said, according to a report on the Dominican Today website. “The goal is to try to have a stadium with the qualities the majors demand, with certain rules that were going to meet, where the stadium will be a jewel in the Americas.”

Also in attendance, according to the report, were Joel Lithgow, the director of the Yankees’ Latin Baseball Academy, and Robert Weil, the founder and president of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.

This isn’t the first time this year Lopez has drawn attention to himself for a Dominican-related event. Following the Dominican Republic’s victory at the World Baseball Classic in March, Lopez called a group of reporters together to boast of his involvement, which consisted of recruiting the squad to hold workouts at Steinbrenner Field.

“It’s a very good thing for us to have been a participant in the winning that they did,” Lopez said at the time. “Having them win this confirms our belief that the Dominican Republic is a good bed for young players.”

Repoz Posted: July 02, 2013 at 07:32 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: July 02, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4482811)
Brian Cashman tells Felix Lopez to Shut The #### Up!
   2. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: July 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM (#4482813)
"Having them win this confirms our belief that the Dominican Republic is a good bed for young players.”

I'm going to need to see some more Dominicans have success in the big leagues before I believe this.
   3. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 02, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4482865)
"Having them win this confirms our belief that the Dominican Republic is a good bed for young players."

That bed could be a casting couch. Jes sayin'.
   4. villageidiom Posted: July 02, 2013 at 11:40 AM (#4482939)
According to a source, nobody at the Yankees — including managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, Lopez’s brother-in-law — had been given any heads-up about Lopez’s trip or his announcement.
K-Long knew.
   5. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: July 02, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4482983)
Do the Yankees actually have anything to do with the $50M stadium?
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: July 02, 2013 at 12:57 PM (#4483036)
Do the Yankees actually have anything to do with the $50M stadium?


They have to find the David Arias jersey buried below it.
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 02, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4483044)
Boy, I sure hope this doesn't cause Brian Cashman to waste any time during his busy day.

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