FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2017
2017 ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN IN VERO BEACH, FL
Week One of Baseball (Ages 13-14) Features Appx. 130 Amateur Players with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Major League Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment
Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Games and Special Presentations by Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Former Major League Manager Bo Porter
Details for Week Two of Baseball (Ages 15-17), Including a Visit by Commissioner Rob Manfred, And Softball Week (Ages 18u) to be Announced at a Later Date
Below are details for Week One of Baseball during the third annual Elite Development Invitational (EDI), which is operated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. Week One of Baseball includes approximately 130 amateur players with diverse backgrounds (ages 13-14) in a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction opportunities from former Major League Players and Coaches.
This year’s Elite Development Invitational will include a week geared toward softball players for the first time. Week Two of Baseball, featuring players ages 15 to 17, will be hosted from Friday, July 21st through Tuesday, July 25th. Softball Week will be held from Friday, July 28th through Tuesday, August 1st. The players for each week were selected by a combination of the following groups: MLB Youth Academy network, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and individual active and former players. The event is made possible through joint funding by MLB and the MLBPA.
The EDI features appearances and presentations from MLB, MLBPA and USA Baseball personnel, including Tony Reagins (MLB Senior Vice President of Youth Programs), Del Matthews (MLB Sr. Director of Baseball Development), Dave Winfield (Hall of Famer & MLBPA Advisor to the Executive Director), Omar Minaya (MLBPA Senior Advisor to the Executive Director), Jeffrey Hammonds (former Major League All-Star and current MLBPA Special Assistant for Player Program Development), Javier Vazquez (former Major League All-Star and current MLBPA Special Assistant) and Jerry Manuel (MLB Youth Programs Consultant). Former Major & Minor League Players and Coaches for Week One of Baseball include the following:
Tom “Flash” Gordon
DAILY (July 14-18)
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Defense, Infield/Outfield, Batting Practice, Games
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Defense, Baserunning, Cages, Games
Monday, July 17th (Time – TBD) – Ken Griffey Jr.
Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. will make an appearance the morning of Jul 17th to speak to the youth players. MLB will inform media of exact timing.
Tuesday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m. – Evening Presentation by Bo Porter (Special Asst. to the General Manager, Atlanta Braves; Former Major League Manager & Coach)
In order to cover these additional days, media must RSVP to Ruth Ruiz from Historic Dodgertown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 716-0013.
Interviews for instructors and Major League representatives will be arranged by request only.
Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Elite Development Invitational Alumni in MLB Draft
The following Elite Development Invitational alumni were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft:
Hunter Greene (2015 EDI, 1st round, CIN)
Je’von Ward (2015 EDI, 12th round, MIL)
Antoine Mistico (2016 EDI, 14th round, DET)
Marlin Willis (2015 EDI, 18th round, KC)
Cordell Dunn (2016 EDI, 19th round, TOR)
R.J. Barnes (2016 EDI, 34th round, CIN)
Jose Garcia (2016 EDI, 38th round, BOS)
Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (212) 931-7581, email@example.com
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown, (562) 716-0013, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, (212) 826-0808, email@example.com
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532