BOCA CHICA, D.R. – Armed robbers broke into the St. Louis Cardinals complex in the Dominican Republic on Friday. Players and staff were not harmed during the incident.
The break-in took place between midnight and 4:00 a.m. Atlantic time. The thieves stole baseball equipment, cell phones, jewelry, and money after breaking into the complex in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. It’s about 2,000 miles away from Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak, stated, “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.”
Fans who spoke with FOX 2 around Ballpark Village agree it’s an unfortunate situation.
“Thankfully no one was hurt,” said Alec Beesmer. “You just don’t want to see anything like that happen considering the strong support system from the Dominican Republic.”
“It’s still kinda silly that someone is going to take advantage of a weakness they found,” said David Schmidt.
According to international MLB reporter Hector Gomez, players and coaches were robbed at gunpoint. Overseas facilities for the Cleveland Guardians and Miami Marlins were also targets.
The Cardinals’ Boca Chica Complex opened in 2015 and is home to the organization’s Dominican Summer League team.