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Jonathan Schoop headed home to play baseball with some kids in his native Curacao

Via MLB.com

This winter has seen players lift weights, push pickup trucks and take aerobics classes, all with an eye toward Spring Training in a few weeks.

But #NoOffseason isn’t just about whacking stuff with a sledgehammer. It’s about being all baseball, all the time — whether that means working out or, like Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, heading home for some extra practice:

Before Schoop was a Major League All-Star, he was a kid from Curacao — an island off the coast of Venezuela that’s long been a baseball hotbed, producing players like Andruw Jones, Xander Bogaerts and Kenley Jansen over the years. (A Dutch constituent country, it was largely responsible for Team Netherlands’ run to the semifinals of last year’s World Baseball Classic.)

Schoop helped Curacao win the Little League World Series in 2004, and now that he’s made it in the Majors, he wanted to come back home and run a clinic for other kids with big league dreams. Plus, the chance to play on his hometown fields didn’t hurt.

 

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