PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The Haitian Baseball Association began operations November 17, 2011 inviting young Haitians to experience the popular American sport barely known on the west side of the island.
Journalists, leaders of federations and sports associations attended the launching of activities of the Haitian Baseball Association, wrote Le Nouvelliste.
Young Haitian baseballers gave demonstrations among warm applause by the spectators, the paper said.
Gardy Cyriaque Prophet, the president of the Haitian Baseball, Association has announced a whole program designed for the development of the sport first in the capital Port-au-Prince then in the countryside.
He also took the opportunity to appeal to various sectors to consolidate this initiative by providing the AHB financial and material aid (gloves, bats, helmets, balls).
Gardy Cyriaque Prophet referred to the establishment of training centers for learning the sport and developing a structure for the integration of baseball in the schools.
Haiti has never been known as a country where baseball is played. In fact, there are no current professional baseball players from Haiti. Yet a short trip over to the Dominican Republic reveals the largest number of foreign-born baseball players currently playing in the major leagues.
For decades past, Major League Baseball (MLB) relied upon Haitian workers, mostly young women earning a high of $1.70 per day, to stitch together their baseballs. Last year, MLB has pledged a donation of $1 million to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.