Roberto Alomar, Blue Jays stars host Sask. baseball camp
Alomar, Lloyd Moseby, Rance Mulliniks, Duane Ward led kids camp in Regina on Monday
Dozens of kids are getting their version of spring training today in Regina. One can't blame the kids if they're a bit starry-eyed on the diamond.
Former Major League Baseball stars hit the field with young ball players, including Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar.
Alomar was joined by his dad, Sandy Alomar Sr., as well as Lloyd Moseby, Rance Mulliniks, and Duane Ward.
Ethan Warkentin, a 15-year-old from Swift Current, Sask., said it's an experience like no other.
"It's a lot different coming from a major leaguer rather than your coach," Warkentin said.
It's all about putting a smile on their faces.- Roberto Alomar
Roberto Alomar, who was a member of the 1992 and 1993 World Series champions, said he wants to give back.
His dad was a major league player, too. As a child, Alomar learned baseball skills from the best.
"I remember when I was a kid I used to learn from the pros, so everything that I learned I want to pass along to the kids here in Canada," Alomar said.
While kids are learning a lot of the basics players might learn at any camp, it's a little different when you're catching partner has two world series championships under his belt.
Carter Warkentin got to play catch with Alomar. He was worried he might throw the ball over his head.
"There's 13 guys and I don't really know anyone from here and he said, 'Who doesn't have a partner?'" Warkentin said. "I said, 'Me.' It was pretty cool. He was pretty funny."
At times, the former pros sound a little tough on the young players, but they want them to know that it takes hard work to make the MLB.
"It's all about putting a smile on their faces and giving them the hope in life," Alomar said. "If we made it to the big league, they can do the same thing."
The camp wraps in Regina on Tuesday.
In Saskatoon, a two-day Jays Baseball Academy camp will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Cairns Field. The instructors include Jesse Barfield, Denis Boucher, Brian McRae, and Devon White.