Historic Dodgertown to be renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex
The former spring training site will serve as a hub for amateur development initiatives and events
7:07 AMAs part of the centennial celebration of the birth of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball announced Monday that Historic Dodgertown, the former spring training site of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, will be renamed the Jackie Robinson Training Complex.
With MLB assuming operational control of the facility in January, the Jackie Robinson Training Complex will focus on initiatives and events year-round to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.
“We’re thrilled that MLB will rename Dodgertown after Jack,” the Robinson family said in a press release. “He was devoted to young people and we’re excited to know that boys and girls will come here to advance their baseball skills while learning to be compassionate, productive, well-educated adults.”
The facility, which is located in Vero Beach, Florida, is state-of-the-art. It currently features a 6,500-seat stadium, four full-size baseball fields, four softball and youth baseball fields, eight indoor and lighted batting/pitching tunnels, and more.
Over the past few years, the complex has hosted several amateur camps aimed at developing and diversifying the pool of future baseball players. Some of the most skilled high school baseball and softball players in the country have participated in these events and received elite-level instruction from former major league players and managers, members of the women’s national baseball team, and others.
Former Historic Dodgertown chairman and Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley said the Jackie Robinson Training Complex is in good hands.
“Commissioner Rob Manfred and his colleagues understand the historical significance of this unique place, and they’ll do an excellent job being responsible for it,” said O’Malley.
Upcoming youth-focused events, which are free for participants, are scheduled throughout the summer of 2019.