The New York City Mets, with the help of the Hope International Foundation, founded by former Major League player Dave Valle, have announced a community development partnership. Together with a delegation, Mets vice president Jeff Wilpon and general manager Omar Minaya visited the town of Nigua to present a check for US$25,000 to the foundation, to be used to help some of the poorest families in the area. Minaya said that he wants the Mets organization to be recognized for signing great Dominican players but also for helping the community. Minaya said that the Mets are also considering building their own baseball academy, most likely in Boca Chica because the most talented Latin American baseball players come from the DR.
Jeff Wilpon, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, and Pedro Martinez also participated in the Mets donation to the foundation.