He has put in the work over the past 30 years in local baseball and it came as no surprise that Bahamian pioneer in the sport Greg Burrows Sr. was appointed as the acting Babe Ruth Baseball commissioner for the Caribbean region.
Burrows has been The Bahamas’ commissioner of Babe Ruth Baseball for several years, now accepting a new role. He will spearhead the programs in The Bahamas, St. Kitts and Nevis, Curacao, the US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
“I am excited to be a part of developing baseball in a larger area,” Burrows said. “I am very familiar with the organization having being a part of the Babe Ruth organization for many years. I have a good relationship with the folks. I am very comfortable with them. I like their development programs and the efforts that are put behind the program and the development of baseball in the United States and now we seek to strengthen the Caribbean region. I am confident with it.”
Burrows is the first Bahamian to be appointed to this position. He is the founder of one of the more popular baseball leagues in the country, the Freedom Farm Baseball League, starting that organization in 1989, and is still very much involved in the organization today.
Burrows will be looking at the appointment of commissioners in every country under his purview and continue the growth of baseball players and baseball leagues under the banner of Babe Ruth Baseball. He hopes to work assiduously toward that through 2021, and stage a regional tournament in 2022.
Burrows has been involved in the sport of baseball in The Bahamas since he was 10-years-old.
“Freedom Farm is not alone in baseball in The Bahamas. There are other leagues that are developing a lot of baseball players. Freedom Farm might be a talked-about league in some cases a little more than the others but the other leagues are doing a tremendous job,” Burrows stated. “Our job is to see how best we could continue to develop together – ensure that we create more leagues and programs on individual islands. That is the plan that I have. I want to work along with Sam Rodgers and the Bahamas Baseball Association.”
Burrows stated that in the last 15 years The Bahamas has garnered a lot of attention from professional scouts. There has been a number of players heading to the United States of America (USA) to play collegiate and professional baseball, and local baseball academies that assist in player development have come on stream. Burrows sees the Babe Ruth Baseball involvement as a next entity in the continued development of baseball in this country.
With the new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium about 70-80 percent completed, Burrows’ appointment could be looked at as a move to assist in bringing regional and international games and tournaments to The Bahamas to be played at the stadium.
Babe Ruth Baseball League is a non-profit educational organization named after baseball legend George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth.
In 2010, a 12-and-under Freedom Farm team won the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 11-12 Southeast Regional Championship, and then went on to win the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 11-12 World series that same summer. Two years later, a 12-and-under Freedom Farm team won the Southeast Regional Championship again.