Third World Coaching

Guerra, Dominican Republic Houston Astros Dominican Summer League Baseball Academy 3:00PM EST Pitch Black Weight Room, Crackling voice of a 16 year old boy: “Cinco, cuatro, tres, dos, uno….” As soon as the player finished his countdown, the lights came back on and the humming of the air conditioning could once again be heard. It was the second power outage of the day. Thankfully, the academy is fully equipped with a generator. The players are so used to this happening that they have the timing down just right. Five seconds. When I leave the field every day, I get in a van with dark tinted windows and am driven to my condo. On the way out of the complex, a guard slides back the rod iron

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