For the first time, a baseball camp sponsored by MLB will be held in Brazil in conjunction with the Confederation of Brazilian Baseball & Softball (CBBS) in late February. This will allow the best junior-baseball players from Brazil along with representatives from Argentina, Ecuador, Panama and Peru to learn baseball at the hands of ex-major leaguers in Ibiuna and Sao Paulo.
Barry Larkin and Wally Joyner will head up the coaches who will talk about every facet of playing baseball alongside other coaches from South America. The other ex-MLBers will be Bob Didier, Bruce Hurst and Elias Sosa.
"The 2011 MLB Elite Camp will provide its intensive, high-level training to some of the most talented players from Brazil," Paul Archey, senior vice-president of MLB's international business operations said according to BizofBaseball.com. "We are privileged to have a Major League coaching staff represent MLB in the region and assist these young athletes in taking the next steps in their development as elite baseball players."
These players will be scouted by MLB's scouting bureau along with scouts from baseball clubs.
MLB is determined to grow the sport of baseball across the globe and has taken major steps forward by creating the World Baseball Classic and promoting baseball in multiple countries, especially with the backing of MLB International which has done similar camps in Canada, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Europe. MLBI has three international academies -- one in Australia, China and Italy. Of the South American countries participating, it is a growing market with 108 players currently signed to MLB clubs.
-- Evan Brunell