An estimated 40 softball players from the Douglas Amateur Girls Softball League were given a free softball clinic Monday, June 4 by some former major league baseball players.
The clinic was held at the newly built Euribel Durazo baseball field at Airport Park.
Ron Davis, Ken Phelps, Lou Klimchock and Ike Davis, all of whom have played in the major leagues, were on hand for several hours teaching the softballers some techniques they hope will make them better ball players.
The APS All-Star clinic is a program developed by APS Community Development consultant and by Phelps to offer instruction to attendees on the fundamentals of softball and baseball.
With the help of other retired MLB players, Phelps conducts instruction on batting, throwing, running, infield/outfield drills. The clinic began as a program focused on youth organizations, but has now been adapted for the active adult community.
After the clinic was over the participants were treated to pizza and then each player received an autographed baseball with all four former major leaguers autographs on it.
Richard Rosales, APS’ Community Affairs Manager for this area, said this is something that APS does for the communities it provides service to.
“We wanted to get down to Douglas and do something for the kids,” he said.
This is the second consecutive year APS has hosted a clinic in Douglas. Last year was a baseball clinic for the local Little Leaguers.
Phelps is an APS consultant. He works to get the former major leaguers that are available that particular day to come to these types of clinic and work with the youth. He played 11 seasons in the major league as a first baseman and a designated hitter playing for the Royals, Expos, Mariners, Cleveland and Oakland.
Ron Davis pitched 14 years in the major leagues throwing for the Yankees, Twins, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants.
His son Ike was a former Mets top prospect and budding young star who hit 32 home runs in 2012 as a 25-year-old.He spent time in the Mets, Pirates, Athletics and Yankees baseball organizations.
Klimchock came into the majors as a second baseman before becoming a utility player for about 12 years playing with the Royals, the Athletics, the Milwaukee Braves, Washington Senators, Cleveland and the Mets.