The complex will host the MLB Legends for Youth Camp on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring several former Major-Leaguers.
The clinic, which is now full as it was limited to the first 200 registrants, will incorporate several stations led by the former pros where they will teach players fundamentals of the game and hopefully give the kids a basis to continue improving in their baseball skills and knowledge.
“The biggest thing for us is we want to get the point across to these kids that you need to simplify it,” said Bob Galasso, a former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners who will be one of the guest instructors at the clinic. “When you start to get more technical in teaching and learning baseball is when things start to get too difficult. We just tell the kids to try to pick up one thing at each station.
“We’re going to try to cover everything from hitting to defense to pitching and more. We also just want to give the kids an appetite for more baseball so maybe they’ll stick with it in the next few years rather than going to another sport.”
The MLB Legends for Youth is a charitable program running over 40 events a year nationwide with the mission of promoting the game of baseball to America’s youth using positive sports images and personalities.
Several other former MLB players will join Galasso, the most recognizable name being John Rocker, the former closer for the Atlanta Braves. Other former pros Doug Simmons, Robert Long, Tom Carroll and Greg ‘Boomer’ Wells are also confirmed for the clinic, with possibly more to come.
“It’s good to see the guys and kind of renew friendships that we’ve made doing these types of clinics,” said Galasso, who now resides in Rockmart.
“The kids might be a little intimidated at first, learning from former Major Leaguers, but we just want them to know they we are putting our heart into this to try to make them better.”
After the clinic, there will be a time set up for the youth to go around and get the players autographs if they want. There will also be autographed items such as balls, bats, etc. for sale during the clinic and the Bob Galasso Classic, the baseball tournament that will kick off on Friday night and run through Sunday.
Team spots are still open for the tournament, which features four separate age divisions (6-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14).
If interested in entering a team or getting more information about the tournament, coaches should contact Steven Cornette at 678-986-7069, Barry Walraven at 706-263-0411 or Diane Jones at 706-602-4453 or 706-4096.
All proceeds from the clinic and the tournament will benefit the MLB Legends for Youth and the Gordon County Christian Baseball Ministries.
Sponsors for the clinic and tournament include Gordon Hospital, Zaxby’s, Sherman Hall Trucking, Roland Hayes Farms and Thomas Designs.