By DCGrays.com Press (6-28-2016)
Team partners with USO, MLB Players Association for clinic at Andrews AFB
The DC Grays hosted a clinic for 132 children from military families across the region Tuesday, working with the USO and the Major League Baseball Players Association to provide a day of baseball and softball fun on the ballfields of Andrews Air Force Base. Six members of the Washington Nationals joined in the fun – including new Nats manager Dusty Baker. The Nationals, who took part in the clinic as part of the MLBPA’s Players Trust City Clinic program, took photos, signed autographs and answered questions from the campers. In addition to Baker, Nationals coach Jacque Jones and Nationals players Clint Robinson, Blake Treinen, Sammy Solis and Ben Revere participated.
Colonel Bradley T. Hoagland, the Commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews, welcomed everyone to the base and discussed a little bit about Andrews AFB and its historic significance as the home of Air Force One. The campers were divided into groups based on age, and several stations were set up over two softball fields and in the adjacent batting cages. Grays players provided instruction, along with Nationals players.
The campers were also treated to a pizza lunch, served by DC Grays players. They received free Rawlings baseball gloves from the MLBPA and commemorative tote bags from the USO.
Kevin McGuiness, Chief Operating Officer of the MLBPA and a former founding board member of the Dc Grays, was in attendance, along with former Major Leaguer and baseball Olympian Jeffrey Hammond. Hammonds oversees youth baseball development for the MLBPA.