Murray Cook, consultant to the Major League Baseball (MLB) on building baseball stadiums visited Tomas Arrieta Stadium in Barranquilla on Thursday February 10th to deliver recommendations on building a new ballpark, which bear the name of Edgar Renteria.
Cook was joined by the City Mayor Alejandro Char Chaljub, the president of the Colombian Federation of Baseball, Jimmy Char, District Secretary of Recreation and Sport, Gonzalo Bautista and the President of the Colombian League of Professional Baseball, Edinson Rentería.
Cook will also review the draft of the baseball Complex to be built on the road to Juan Mina. Murray Cook has 35 years’ experience in management, design and construction of stadiums for Major League Baseball and the minor leagues. Throughout his career he has gained wide recognition in different parts of the world for constructing baseball venues. He has also served an adviser for building projects, design and management of baseball stadiums and multi-purpose venues in approximately thirty countries. Among them we have:
o Wukesong Baseball Stadium, 2008 Beijing Olympics
o Homebush Stadium, 2000 Sydney Olympics
o World Baseball Classic stadiums in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
o IBAF World Cups in Taiwan 2001, Holland 2005, Taiwan 2007, and Europe 2009.
o The Atlanta Braves, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex
o Roger Dean Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins during Spring Training.
Cook had visited our country in October 2007 when he trained the grounds crew on maintenance of a professional baseball stadium. We value his expertise and presence.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.