FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2017
Chinese National Baseball and Softball Teams announce exhibition games schedule at HDT
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2017) —The Chinese Men’s National Baseball Team and the Chinese Women’s National Softball Team, currently training at Historic Dodgertown through Nov. 22, will play a series of exhibition games and fans are welcome to watch the competition. Parking and admission for games at Historic Dodgertown are free.
Chinese Men’s Team
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. vs. Palm Beach State College at Holman Stadium
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. vs. Ft. Lauderdale Superstars at Holman Stadium
Saturday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. vs. St. Thomas University at Holman Stadium
Chinese Women’s Team
Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon vs. Barry University at Historic Dodgertown Quad Fields
Wednesday, Nov. 15 afternoon at Lakeland Southeastern University
Friday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. (doubleheader) vs. Eastern Florida State College at Historic Dodgertown Quad Fields
In a unique opportunity, a U.S. facility is the training hub for two National Teams from an international country as they prepare for competition and their respective upcoming seasons, and ultimately the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
John McLaren is the head coach for the Chinese Men’s National Baseball Team.
“This has been a great experience,” McLaren said. “Everything we need is here, including lots of fields, batting cages, dormitories and 60 years of Major League Spring Training history. We’re giving the players a good foundation.”
Teresa Wilson is the head coach for the Chinese Women’s National Softball Team.
“Being able to come to Historic Dodgertown has been a dream for the Chinese, as well as to have a place to truly train after identifying what we need to work on through the NPF season,” Wilson said. “We finally have the time to train without having to play games. Historic Dodgertown is a beautiful facility with wonderful people. You can feel the history here and we are soaking up some of that history.”
“Sharing the complex with the women’s Team, we can relate to each other. Basically we are providing a foundation for the programs to move forward,” said McLaren.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532