CHANGZHOU Michael Thomas Womens Jersey , Jiangsu Province, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Last week Chinese pitcher Gong Haicheng made headlines when he signed with Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, but MLB believes more young talents will be scouted in the the world's most populous country in the near future.
The 18-year-old Gong is the second graduate to sign with a Major League team out of MLB's development centers in China. His compatriot Xu Guiyuan, also from the development centers, signed with the Baltimore Orioles two years ago.
""China now has players who can actually play on MLB level Drew Brees Womens Jersey , it's a big step in a right direction. I see a lot of schools and private companies taking on baseball, which is becoming a popular sport in China,"" general manager of MLB Asia Rick Dell said on Monday.
As one of the world's sporting powers, China has become a focal point for many international sports organizations seeking global expansion. With the missions to bring baseball to another side of the globe and to seek out fresh talents, MLB began its activities in China more than ten years ago.
For MLB Alvin Kamara Womens Jersey , Gong and Xu's growth, improvement and success represent the success of their Chinese development centers.
With the aim of increasing the popularity of the game and producing a Chinese star, the first MLB Chinese development center was opened at the Dongbeitang school in Wuxi in 2009, with 16 local players. Now MLB has three development centers in China, with the other two in Changzhou and Nanjing.
These centers all have an international team of baseball instructors. The students receive baseball training and lessons in English in addition to receiving an excellent academic education.
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