At noon on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the Atracciones del Lago (Attractions by the Lake) on Anacaona Ave in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the St. Louis Cardinals held a ceremony to honor the first class of high school graduates from their academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
This event was so meaningful for the Cardinals that their President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak was present. It was meaningful for SABR too, because Mr. Pablo Ulloa, who runs the school for the players, is a member of SABR and his facility at 121st Nicolas Ureña de Mendoza in Los Prados is where SABR's Juan Marichal Chapter monthly meetings take place.
It was a well planned and executed ceremony. Moises Rodriguez, the Cardinals' assistant general manager, and Luis Morales, chief of international operations, had words for the graduates.
This high school diploma these young men received (after dropping school for playing baseball) is very important in their lives, because if they do not make it in baseball, they will have a base for looking for other job or to continue their education. Our SABR chapter commends the St. Louis Cardinals for their efforts.
We had the pleasure of exchanging words with Mr. Mozeliak and through him congratulate the whole Cardinals organization for this tremendous accomplishment and hope other organizations shall follow.
— Julio Rodriguez