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Trumbull Baseball, softball training academy to open doors

August 28, 2018

Major League hopefuls have will have a new reason to make their way to Trumbull this year.

Baseball and softball training franchise D-Bat plans to open a new academy at 30 Nutmeg Drive this fall. Daily operations will be supervised by longtime area coach and Southbury resident Lou Bunossa.

“D-Bat has more than 20 years of successfully fulfilling the original vision, which is that the best way to teach the game was by getting into the details of baseball and softball with each and every player and instructing them as individuals,’’ Bunosso said in a press release.

The training academy, headquartered in Addison, Texas, opened in the late 1990s and has trained a number of athletes who have gone on to play in the major leagues. It has nearly 60 locations nationwide and boasts more than 20 years of grooming athletes for the next level.

Franchises offer batting cages, lessons, camps and clinics, as well as a shop to purchase baseball and softball equipment and apparel along with membership packages that help reduce costs.

Stamford-based Avison Young announced Tuesday that it closed a 10-year lease with the company.

“We are pleased to secure this space for D-atumber of specific criteria that make it ideal for a batting cage facility.”

D-Bat will occupy almost 21,000 square feet of space within an 86,000-square-foot flex building within Trumbull Corporate Park. It was one of two deals secured to completely lease out the building, according to reports from Southport-based real estate firm Angel Commercial, which represented the landlord in both transactions.

The second lease was for the remaining 3,000 square feet to Texas-based call center company Prospect America.

“The space was well-priced, and the building is in a convenient location with great access to Route 8, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway. There is also bus service located directly in front of the building,” said Brett Sherman, senior VP at Angel Commercial, in a press release.

Trumbull will be the first Connecticut franchise for D-Bat.

The facility will feature 16 cages and state-of-the-art pitching machines. According to a press release, the facility will also incorporate a modern monitoring system, Hit-Traxx, that will help batters analyze their swing.

“We are not about teams, games or tournaments,’’ Bunosso said. “Rather, we focus on training every player to be the best they can be regardless of age or talent level, and to have fun while doing so.”

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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