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Friday, May 29, 2020

Venezuelan Ballplayers Are Stranded In Dominican Academies

The players who were unable to leave the Dominican are almost all from Venezuela, which has banned almost all flights into the country and now is instituting curfews along its land borders to try to stop the virus in its tracks. Venezuela has had only 1,245 total confirmed cases, a rate of 39 per million people, but in the past 10 days has seen a spike in new cases, twice exceeding 100 in a day.

“The Royals academy in the DR is still housing 12 Venezuelan players that could not be sent home since the Venezuelan government closed their borders very early and are not allowing any flights into the country, except for humanitarian flights,” Fabio Herrera, Kansas City’s manager of international operations, told Deadspin in an email. “Per MLB guidelines, players are not playing games nor having staff go to the facility for workouts. They are working out every day on their own per team guidelines. They are pretty much shelled from the outside world which has kept them safe from the virus as only essential personnel is allowed into the academy at the moment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 29, 2020 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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