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04/24/2009 2:21 PM ET
Pittsburgh Pirates to open Dominican Republic headquarters and training complex
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The Pittsburgh Pirates will open their new Dominican Republic-based Latin American headquarters and training complex on Thursday, April 30. Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting, President Frank Coonelly and General Manager Neal Huntington are expected to be joined by Dominican Republic President Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, Sports Minister Felipe Payano, as well as family members of Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.

Pittsburgh Pirates officials will address the large gathering of Major League Baseball, community officials, as well as Pirates front office staff. They will then join Roberto Clemente's wife, Vera, and sons, Luis and Roberto, Jr., in dedicating the complex's main field in the name of Roberto Clemente and unveiling a four-foot tall stone monument featuring a bronze replica of his Hall of Fame plaque.

Lunch will be served and guests will have the opportunity to take part in self-guided tours of the campus-style complex that will serve as the headquarters for the Pirates Latin American baseball operations, as well as the training and housing facility for players on the ballclub's Dominican Summer League roster and other players invited to train at the academy.

The Pirates will also announce, through its philanthropic arm "Pirates Charities," that they have partnered with the Madre Laura School that neighbors the team's new complex to improve the school's facilities and enhance the educational programs and tools available to its students.

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