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April 28, 2017
Historic Dodgertown participant Hunter Greene on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated
As a 15-year-old, Greene was invited to the first MLB EDI camp held at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
VERO BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2017) — In July 2015, Hunter Greene was a 15-year-old boy from Southern California when invited by Major League Baseball to participate in the first MLB Elite Development Invitational Camp held at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida.
Less than two years later Greene is on the cover of Sports Illustrated with an in-depth feature article inside the magazine. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound pitcher/shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California is speculated to be drafted as the first or second selection in the first round of the upcoming MLB draft, thanks to his fastball which has been clocked at 102 mph. The Minnesota Twins have the first pick in the MLB draft, which opens June 12.
Greene has been on MLB’s radar, having developed and participated in their Compton, California Urban Youth Academy from the ages of 7 to 14. At Compton, he was part of the Academy’s long toss program. When he turned 15, he flew to Historic Dodgertown to participate in MLB’s EDI camp, and was coached by more than 30 former major leaguers, including Dodger great Maury Wills in the art of bunting, former Dodger star outfielder Kenny Landreaux, and former MLB pitchers Lee Smith and Tom Gordon.
At the EDI camp, Greene played on the same fields and walked in the same footsteps as boyhood idol Jackie Robinson. Photos of Greene from that camp are attached (hi-res available upon request).
The MLB EDI camp is invitation-only, and the boys selected are considered young prospects with the potential for a career in professional baseball.
Said Darrell Miller, MLB Vice President Youth and Facility Development, who also oversees the MLB Compton Urban Youth Academy: “Hunter is a glowing example of a young man who did the work and listened to good instructors at Compton – people like Johnny Washington, Kenny Landreaux, Lorenzo Gray and Andrew Touissant. We are really proud of his ability, but more proud of his character. He embodies what can happen when you buy in (to the system) and stick with it.”
The 2017 MLB EDI camp at Historic Dodgertown is scheduled for this July, and more than 100 boys ages 12-18 will be flown in from across the country for this unique opportunity, all with a love for the game and a dream to make it to the big leagues.
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