Aspiring young baseball player visited to Kamloops this week to learn the tricks of the trade from the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Academy travels across Canada, teaching athletes ages 9-16 techniques used by the professionals. Camps are taught by both Blue Jays alumni and Blue Jays Baseball Academy instructors. This year, the camp brought Homer Bush, Lloyd Moseby, Orlando Hudson and Roberto Alomar to instruct the kids.
The camp took place July 16-17. Rebecca Scott, team manager for the Salmon Arm Minor Baseball Association, attended along with 12 team members including her son Brady.
“Wednesday they played a whole bunch of games and it was just really fun; they had a fun time and the Blue Jays were goofy,” Scott said.
The players worked through six stations on Tuesday, learning fielding techniques with Moseby and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.
Hitting drills were conducted by with Bush and Gold Glove Award-winner Orlando Hudson.
Over the two days, Brady said he learned something new from the pros.
“When I’m playing second and trying to get a double play, I should lead with my left foot instead of my right,” Scott said.
Kamloops was the Jay’s only stop in the Interior.