Results tagged ‘ Marlins Youth Baseball Clinics ’

May The 4th Be With You… Pitch, Hit & Run

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On Cuatro de Mayo, kids from City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami PAL were bussed out to Marlins Park for the 2nd Jr RBI Pitch, Hit & Run Competition. This baseball skills challenge measured who could drive the ball the furthest off a tee, throw the most strikes with 6 pitches, and blaze around the bases the quickest. This was a welcomed experience for the kids who had their games rained out from the nasty weather earlier in the week… but on this day, with the ballpark as the backdrop, it was picturesque. At the end of the day 12 kids from 4 different age groups advanced to the sectional round and we hope to see those Jr RBI shirts back at Marlins Park for the on field Regional Championships. The Jr RBI program is supported by Marlins Ayudan volunteers and sponsored by Marlins players Adeiny Hechavarria, Donovan Solano, and Nathan Eovaldi.


Spring Training Youth Clinic

What was Derek Deitrich doing talking to a group of young baseball players about skim, whole, and half-and-half? He was putting on a demonstration of jaw dropping juggling tricks at the conclusion of the Marlins Spring Training Youth Clinic, of course!

The Marlins Foundation held our annual Spring Training Youth Clinic at Roger Dean Stadium with Placido Polanco, Rob Brantly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Derek Dietrich. They helped kids work on the fundamentals of fielding, batting, pitching, and base running. Even a wily old veteran like me learned a thing or two!

Proceeds will go on to benefit the Florida State League Scholarship Program.

Check out some photos:

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Hitting with Hawk and Cliff

Marlins Park may currently be set up for soccer and missing the infield, but that doesn’t mean we are shut down for business. RBI participants came out early Saturday morning to take part in an instructional baseball clinic highlighted by guest instructors Cliff Floyd (Marlins: 1997-2002) and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. The two former Marlins worked the kids out in both the home and visiting batting cages, working on front toss and various hitting drills emphasizing balance and bat speed. The clinic was not limited to the cages, had Marlins bullpen catcher Jeff Urguelles and RBI alumnus/ front office employee Danny Vargas worked with pitchers who had the opportunity to throw off the bullpen mounds. Finally, no clinic would be complete without an on-field defensive component, which the players received from another RBI graduate, George Barber.

This was not a day reserved for merely baseball; following the countless swings and throws, the participants made their way to the dugout club for a special presentation by Jose Correa and the “Play in College” program. It was great seeing the players engaged as they learned about all the opportunities and dollars available for them to continue their pursuit of higher education and playing the sport they love.

For many of these kids it was their first time ever stepping foot on a major league field and I was told by a parent that “surely this will be a day that they will not soon forget…” to which I replied, “They won’t forget it, and don’t call me Shirley.”


Little Big League

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On a scorching hot Saturday morning, well before gates were open or anyone began tailgating (or even had breakfast for that matter), Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek and outfielder Justin Ruggiano were throwing on their batting practice jerseys and getting ready to make dreams come true. A group of 30 kids had the opportunity to receive one on one instruction at Marlins Park from a couple of big leaguers. Cishek hosted the kids in the home bullpen working on balancing drills and having them throw off the mound, while Ruggiano worked with them in the cages hitting off the tee and soft tossing. The look on these kids faces as they walked in and out of the Marlins dugout and onto the field was priceless. On this Saturday morning, those kids were big leaguers thanks to a couple of players who value the importance of giving back.

Marlins Youth Baseball Clinic: Challenger League 4.28.12

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This past Saturday we held one of my favorite clinics of the year…The Challenger League Clinic.  Gaby Sanchez gave instruction on hitting in the Marlins cages, while Heath Bell gave instruction on pitching in the Visiting Bullpen.  The weather was less than desirable, but for the first time it didn’t matter.  Everyone was loving the retractable roof as the clinic went on without a hitch!

Below is an email from the organizer of Challenger League:

The Marlin’s Clinic is an amazing experience for our kids and their families. The Challenger program allows disabled kids to play baseball. These kids love the game and they all follow their local team- the Miami Marlins. Actually, ½ the team names in our program are the Marlins.

The opportunity for them to actually stand on the playing field and hit & play catch with their baseball heroes is an unforgettable experience for them. They are concentrating so hard to just hit a ball off the tee or make a throw in the bullpen to show the Marlin player that they can play baseball. All you need to do is look at their smiling faces to know what a great time they had.

I know the parents love the opportunity the clinic provides for their children…

The clinic is really an incredible experience that our families look forward to every year.