Spring training will be in Cuba

The Nanaimo Pirates have been one of the best teams in the B.C. Premier Baseball League for a few seasons. Now they’ll get to see what some of the world’s best baseball looks like.

The Hub City Paving Pirates are heading to Cuba for spring training in March.

“The Cubans have a long history of baseball. They’re super passionate about it,” said Doug Rogers, Pirates manager. “I want our kids to go down there and experience their love for the game. Hopefully some of their passion rubs off on them.”

The Pirates have a few fundraising initiatives planned, starting with a bottle drive Saturday (Jan. 4) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Serauxmen Stadium parking lot.

The Nanaimo baseball community is also asked to donate at the same time, any used equipment as the Pirates would like to pack it along with them to distribute it to underprivileged Cuban youths.

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