Photo by Don Fennell
The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to Richmond.
Partnering with Baseball Canada, the Blue Jays Baseball Academy is bringing the Honda Super Camps to Latrace Field July 26 and 27.
Richmond City Baseball will play host to the popular event, which is visiting 14 Canadian cities this year. Last year’s event in Richmond was enthusiastically received, with longtime BC Baseball executive and former Baseball Canada president Ray Carter suggesting he wouldn’t be surprised to see a graduate from one of these camps in the Major Leagues in as few as five years.
Longtime Baseball BC member Mike Kelly, who chairs its coaching development program, says programs like this further the opportunity for young players to develop their skills.
Blue Jays alumni JP Arencibia, Jesse Barfield, Lloyd Moseby and Ricky Romero are expected to be part of this year’s camp in Richmond.
Held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, the camps provide male and female players aged nine to 16 with the ultimate Major League experience: learning skills and techniques from the former pros. Players will rotate through drills covering all skills including hitting, throwing, fielding, pitching and base running.
Each participant will receive a Blue Jays hat, T-shirt, baseball manual and the opportunity for autographs from the alumni present.