Armed gunmen break into Cardinals academy in Dominican Republic, robbing players and coaches

Armed gunmen broke into the Cardinals academy in the Dominican Republic early Friday, robbing an unknown number of players and staff.

According to a statement released by the team, nobody was injured in the breakin, which occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time.

Coaches were reportedly held at gunpoint while players were forced out of their rooms and robbed of cash, jewelry, cell phones and baseball equipment.

“This was scary on many fronts.  Our players and staff were shaken up but not harmed.  No one was injured, and we will reassess our security provisions immediately,“ said John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations.

The academy is in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic and young players, mostly from Latin America, are housed in the facility while training or playing for one of the Cardinals’ teams in the Dominican minor leagues.

There was no immediate report on how many players or coaches were involved.

Media reports said there have been similar breakins in recent weeks at the academies for both the Cleveland Guardians and Miami Marlins.

Local police were reportedly investigating the breakin and robbery.

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