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100+ Players Arrive For Second Week Of Hank Aaron Invitational

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Week Two of the Hank Aaron Invitational, operated by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), will welcome 100 amateur baseball athletes – from diverse backgrounds and hailing from 22 states and Puerto Rico – to the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, in Vero Beach, Fla.  The second week of the diversity-focused amateur development camp begins on Sunday, July 25th until Thursday, July 29th, and will provide training and instruction from former Major League Players, coaches and baseball executives. The week will include special guest presentations and addresses. Attached is the roster for Week Two.

SPECIAL NOTE: The best 44 players – a nod to the legendary Hank Aaron’s uniform number – from this group will head to Atlanta for a special showcase game at Truist Park on Saturday, July 31st. The players’ performance will be analyzed by the Hank Aaron Invitational coaches, who will collectively select the 44 players for this opportunity.

The Hank Aaron Invitational is supported by USA Baseball and the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint initiative by MLB and MLBPA to support efforts that focus on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and internationally.

Following is a list of former MLB and MiLB players and coaches who will serve as instructors at the event:

Former MLB Players as On-Field Coaches (scheduled to appear; in alphabetical order)

·       Luis Alicea

·       Willie Banks

·       Lou Collier

·       Eric Davis

·       Courtney Duncan

·       Marvin Freeman

·       David Gallagher

·       Tom Gregorio

·       Ken Griffey, Sr.

·       Marquis Grissom

·       Ken Hill

·       Brian Hunter

·       Charles Johnson

·       Pat Mahomes

·       Darren Oliver

·       Jeff Reboulet

·       Jerry Royster

·       Junior Spivey

·       Michael Tucker

·       Lenny Webster

·       Reggie Williams

·       Dmitri Young

Former MiLB Players, Managers, Coaches & Executives (scheduled to appear; in alphabetical order)

·       Antonio Grissom

·       Jerry Manuel

·       Lester Strode

·       Reggie Waller

·       Tye Waller

Baseball Executives (scheduled to appear; in alphabetical order)

·     Jean Lee Batrus,Executive Director of the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation

·     Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLBPA

·     Leonor Colon,MLBPA Senior Director, International and Domestic Player Operations

·     Ken Griffey Jr., Hall of Famer; MLB Senior Advisor for the Commissioner

·     Jeffrey Hammonds, MLBPA Associate Director, Player Programs and Initiatives

·     Bob Kendrick, President of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

·     Del Matthews, MLB Vice President of Baseball Development

·     Tony Reagins, MLB Chief Baseball Development Officer

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Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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