Jackie Robinson Training Complex Press Conference
From left to right: Peter O'Malley, Robert Manfred, Rachel Robinson (seated), Sharon Robinson, David Robinson and Peter O'Bryan.
On April 2, 2019, the legendary complex previously known as Historic Dodgertown was formally renamed The Jackie Robinson Training Complex. Present for this announcement were MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred, former Historic Dodgertown chairman and Dodger owner Peter O'Malley, and members of the Robinson family, including Rachel, Sharon, and David, Robinson's wife, daughter, and son, respectively. It was announced that the Jackie Robinson Training Complex would serve as a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.
"The Jackie Robinson Training Complex will honor the history and legacy of Dodgertown by fostering the development of the diverse collection of young men and women who are the future of our game," Manfred said. "Our plans for the facility extend beyond the playing field and will include growth opportunities for the athletes as they learn about personal character and those who paved the way before them, especially Jackie. We believe those who play at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex will be among some of the most passionate and dedicated players in the country."
"We're thrilled that MLB will rename Dodgertown after Jack," the Robinson family said in a statement. "He was devoted to young people and we're excited to know that boys and girls will come here to advance their baseball skills while learning to be compassionate, productive, well-educated adults."
"Major League Baseball is the ideal leader for Dodgertown's next chapter," O'Malley said. "Commissioner Rob Manfred and his colleagues understand the historical significance of this unique place and they'll do an excellent job being responsible for it. The people of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be very proud of having Major League Baseball members of their community."
Today, the Jackie Robinson Training Complex holds true to its mission, holding several youth tournaments and programs year-round and providing a place for young athletes to develop their skills and strengthen their love of the game.