Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two good stories

Cambodia, as well as Vietnam, is trying to develop a baseball program as well. Unlike Vietnam, they are getting a little bit of help. It seems as though MLB has an Envoy program to help out countries who don't have viable leagues yet.

Because of this, Canadian Mike Griffin has been to Cambodia to coach the national team. But even though MLB is involved, it hasn't gone overboard spending the money:

It so happened that Cambodia was putting together its first-ever national team in time for the South East Asia Games in Bangkok and needed a head coach.

One catch – Cambodia Baseball, funded mostly by expatriate Joe Cook, couldn’t pay Griffin, not even his travel costs. He went anyway.

You getting all this, Bud.

The entire article can be found here. Its a good read. Take a look at it. This guy is pretty cool, if you ask me.

But he isn't the only one that stands out. Joe Cook, an American born in Cambodia, has done everything he can to get baseball going in the country, to include funding much of it himself.

Two good articles. Well worth the time.

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