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1st Annual Winter Cepeda Caribbean Classic

2018 Christmas FlyerWe are excited to announce the arrival of our 1st Annual Winter Cepeda Caribbean EVENT! This will be a week of baseball like no other. We are taking pieces from all or our past Caribbean Classic events and putting it all into one! You can't beat playing baseball in HOT WEATHER in DECEMBER and especially in the Caribbean.

The day will begin on the beach at 7am for a baseball geared agility workout, followed by a double header in different towns surrounding the capital (Santo Domingo). The week will start with a day long camp with Dominican coaches, scouts and our USA COACHES.

More info to come about the Cepeda Caribbean Classic experience, now going on our 6th annual.

  • Dates : 12/16-12/23
  • Location : Domican Republic (La Bahia Principe Resort)
  • Ages: 10u-12u

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Players must tryout at a workout near you, or send in a video for assessment by Ali Cepeda.

Tryouts dates and location coming soon!

For any questions and to secure you a spot one of our elite rosters, contact ASAP! Spots are limited.

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The experience of joining the San Francisco Giants in the late 1950s and early 1960s bonded Orlando Cepeda and Juan Marichal. To this day, their bond that goes beyond once having been teammates. They are more like brothers, ready to come to each other’s aid and assist in whatever way possible.

The close connection formed between Cepeda and Marichal remind us how certain experiences bond people for life. These experiences can be joyful moments, getting through traumatic events, or long-term encounters that enable individuals to see and embrace their commonalty. Individuals can become like kin even when they were from different walks of life or different places or countries. The bonds form can also expedite healing and recovery as individuals recall their shared past and triumphs.

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5th Annual Caribbean Classic Success 

The dust has settled, and the 5th Cepeda Caribbean Classic is now in the books. Players from California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Ohio competed against players from the Dominican June 10-17th in San Pedro de Macoris, DR. Each age group 10-14 featured one Cepeda USA team, one Dominican All-Star team, and two local Dominican teams.

The younger age groups (10-12) played at the Universidad Central del Este while the older age groups (13-14) played at the former Atlanta Braves Dominican Academy Complex.

In the end the Cepeda 12, 13, 14U teams all brought home championships, while 11U finished runner-up, and 10U finished 3rd.

It was a great week of incredible baseball mixed with family fun. Memories and friendships that will last a lifetime were created, and the experience impacted everyone involved.

We would love to hear from you. Contact us if you have questions regarding future events!

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San Pedro de Macoris Cocnoticia Newspaper
DR Newspaper article on the 5th Cepeda Clásico.
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Orlando Cepeda

image2Orlando Cepeda, (Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes) nicknamed “Baby Bull” and “Cha-Cha”, (born Sept. 17, 1937, Ponce, P.R.), was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who became one of the first new stars to emerge when major league baseball arrived on the U.S. West Coast in 1958.

Cepeda grew up surrounded by baseball: his father, Pedro (“Perucho”) Cepeda, was a power-hitting shortstop who was known as the “Babe Ruth of Puerto Rico.” In 1958 Orlando Cepeda debuted with the San Francisco Giants and was a unanimous selection as the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year. The seven-time All-Star first baseman played for eight seasons with San Francisco, three with the St. Louis Cardinals, and three with the Atlanta Braves before ending his career with brief stints with Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, and the Kansas City Royals. In 1967, with St. Louis, Cepeda was unanimously selected as the NL Most Valuable Player while leading the Cardinals to the World Series title.

With the kind of numbers Cepeda put up during his 17-year major league career—a .297 batting average and 379 home runs—it seemed he would be a sure bet to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame became a reality by the Veteran’s Committee in 1999.

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