MLB ( Major League Baseball) has set up an office in New Delhi. The American baseball league is attempting to generate popularity for the game which is much like cricket.
The senior vice president of MLB, international, Jim Small said, “We think everybody in India is baseball fan, they just don’t know it yet. We are trying to show that it’s fun game and is similar to cricket. We think baseball can exist very nicely with cricket and all the other sports here.”
The organization has its task cut out and planned to start with programs such as Million Dollar Arm and MLB First Pitch. The former will held this year from September to December, with thousands of participating competing to earn tryout with Major League team.
The first pitch is a grassroot program where primary school children, from 300 schools across New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai will get an opportunity to learn the sport through workshops conducted by MLB international coaches.
Mohammad Kaif, Indian Premier League team Delhi Captial’s coach said, “I am very happy to be associated with Major League Baseball on the behalf of Delhi Capitals. Cricket and baseball have quite a few things in common. Growing up playing cricket, we always knew there was a similar sport played in the United States, but never imagined it would come to India one day. Delhi Captials is delighted to help support the brand and introduce India to a new sport.”
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