Photo by Don Fennell
In the 1980s, Jesse Barfield was said to have the best outfield arm in baseball. Lloyd Moseby, another all-around athlete, was a teammate on what was to become a dominant Toronto Blue Jays team.
Now in their late 50s, both are retired from the Major Leagues but still giving back to the game. Joined by two other former Jays, JP Arencibia and Ricky Romero, the two Silver Slugger Award winners are participating in the Blue Jays Baseball Academy’s Honda Super Camps in partnership with Baseball Canada and Little League Canada.
A program that provides young players aged nine to 16 with a unique experience to learn from former Major Leaguers, camps are held throughout the country.
“It’s a positive thing for (growing the game of) baseball,” says John Braaten, president of the Richmond City Baseball Chuckers, the host association of this week’s camp at Latrace Field.
Seventy-five players from around B.C. are participating in the camp, covering all skills from hitting, throwing and fielding to pitching and base running.
There was also a player evaluation for Tournament 12—a national amateur baseball tournament held at Rogers Centre in Toronto each September. The goal of T12 is to provide a showcase opportunity for the best 160 amateur baseball players born in Canada, with college eligibility. Twenty players, between the ages of 14 and 19, will ultimately represent B.C. on one of eight teams in the tournament.