Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) remain jointly committed to the growth of the game domestically and internationally. As part of a longer-term plan, MLB and the MLBPA today announced a commitment of $5 million over the course of the next Basic Agreement to go toward the support and creation of baseball development programs in Puerto Rico.
The contribution takes into consideration the island's long-standing passion and support for baseball, as well as the history of players, past and present, who have contributed to the game's tradition of excellence. In addition to their financial contribution, MLB and the MLBPA plan to enhance the sport's visibility on the island by staging Major League games and special events there to complement the financial support for the growth of the game.
"Puerto Rico's outstanding baseball tradition has produced great Major League players and fans of our game," Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. "We look forward to returning to the island to play regular season games and supporting initiatives that will allow Puerto Rican kids to play baseball."
"Today's announcement provides us with an opportunity to honor Puerto Rico's long-standing commitment to the game in a way that will allow the sport to flourish there in the future," said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. "Puerto Rico has played an important role throughout the history of our great game, and efforts to help expand the sport's popularity and participation there will benefit the entire baseball community."