PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners declined comment on a Venezuelan report saying they plan to close their academy in that country due to growing social and political unrest.
The report said academy officials are having difficulty obtaining sufficient food to feed players. (Link to report, which is in Spanish.)
The Mariners are one of just five clubs that still operate franchises in the Venezuelan Summer League. The report quotes unidentified VSL officials saying they fear for the league’s survival.
Current Mariners who spent time at the club’s Venezuelan complex include pitchers Yoervis Medina, Erasmo Ramirez and Mayckol Guaipe.