WILLEMSTAD – Last night former Major Leaguer Andruw Jones presented, during the broadcast of RTL Late Night in the Netherlands, the artist renderings of the new baseball stadium that he wants to build on Curaçao. “We want to ensure that children can pursue their dream,” announced the greatest ballplayer of Curaçao in the broadcast.
Andruw Jones ended last February his playing career after being inducted by the Atlanta Braves in the Hall of Fame of the club. The Major League organization had brought Jones to Florida moments before as a guest instructor at the last Spring Training.
That worked out well, then the Atlanta Braves offered the baseball player from Curaçao a role as a special assistant to the organization during the season. But in addition to his new role at the club where Jones received his greatest successes, the tenfold Gold Glove winner wants to also be committed to the youth. One of his plans is the renovation of the Little League stadium in Muizenberg, currently a dilapidated baseball field.
During the broadcast of RTL Late Night Jones presented shortly his plans for the facelift of the stadium. “There are not many facilities in Curaçao. We do not have any stadium. We do have baseball fields, but they are not in good condition,” said Jones. The new stadium should bring change into that. Jones: “My goal now is to help other players and give them a chance to follow their dreams and be successful, just like me.”
For this, Jones puts funds available from his foundation ARBJ-Foundation. With the investment of two million dollars there will be in Muizenberg a new stadium for the young baseball players in Curaçao. “We have the property and all the drawings,” Jones announced. “We want to ensure that children can pursue their dream and play at a good level. We want to give them the opportunity to develop and to be able to finally go to the United States to represent the island and the Dutch Kingdom.”
The stadium will have a capacity of approximately two thousand spectators. Last year former Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning signed the documents with the ARBJ-Foundation for the desired renovation. The parties had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding. In February this year the construction was started symbolically.