New business features batting machines

New on the Costa Rican baseball scene is indoor batting practice. Baseball here is mostly played by Nicaraguan immigrants and other foreigners, but the owners hope to expand and attract more Ticos to the game.

Tim Bell and Javier Calvo have set up with a Juggs pitching machine and batting cage. The machine can be set from 50 to 75 mph, according to the skill of the batter, and shoots a hard rubber ball with no seams to avoid unusual movement on the pitch. Bell says they also plan to get a another, similar machine designed for bigger softballs, as that has a larger following in Costa Rica than fast-pitch baseball. The price is 1,000 colons for 25 swings.

Also on the premises is an existing business moved from a previous location in Rohrmoser:  Solo Para Fanaticos, which has baseball equipment and shoes along with hats and shirts.

Solo Para Fanaticos is located behind the Las Animas church between Avenidas 8 and 10 on Calle 20 in San José. Avenida 10 is eastbound, and Avenida 8 westbound, with Calle 20 one-way to the north. Hours are 3 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays 9  a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is parking on the street near the business. More information is available at 8362-6480.

Also the baseball season is underway at the Santo Domingo program, and kids ages 3 to 16 are welcome. Loaner gloves are available. Activities start at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at the Polideportivo de Santo Domingo. This is about 500 meters north of the basilica (the larger of two churches in Santo Domingo) and 200 meters to the west. A tubular cell phone tower in sight as one gets nearer is helpful.

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