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USA Baseball 12U Staff Announced

02/03/2016, 7:30pm CST
By YBNotes

The staff is set for the USA Baseball 12U National Team.

Recently, the organization announced the naming of Eric Borba as the team’s manager, as well as several other qualified coaches.

Borba currently coaches Orange Lutheran High School in California, and was a member of the 2014 12U National Team staff that took second place at the COPABE Pan American “A” Championships.

Also named to the staff was pitching coach Todd Fine and assistant coaches David Sharp and Joey Ray. Fine and Borba worked together on the 2014 squad.

Borba comes to the program after sustained success at Orange Lutheran. There, he’s 138-65-1, with two Trinity League championships.

Fine also has worked with several USA Baseball teams, and Sharp is the head coach at Huntsville High School in Alabama. Ray is the head coach at Milton High School in Virginia.

The coaches will hold Trials and Training at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, and then the team will travel to Cuautlancingo, Puebla, Mexico for the 2016 Pan American “A” Championships July 22-31.

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Twins Delight Fans on Caravan Tour

The Twins could be coming to your town.

Fans in Owatonna, Minnesota were recently treated to a visit from current players John Ryan Murphy and Eduardo Escobar and two-time World Series Champion Dan Gladden as part of the 2016 Twins Winter Caravan, which will stop at 40 cities and towns in Twins territory.  

The trio and mascot T.C. Bear visited Plaza Morena Restaurant, met fans young and old, and autographed baseballs.

Mark Hendricks, co-founder of Youth 1st, which sponsors local youth baseball and softball teams, helped welcome the Twins to town and said the visit wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the Twins organization.

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Hamels, Fielder On Hand for Youth Complex Groundbreaking

Prince Fielder and Cole Hamels are all about youth baseball.

The two Texas Rangers were present at the recent groundbreaking for the Rangers’ Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in West Dallas, Texas. Manager Jon Daniels and other club personnel were there to help break ground on the 17-acre, five-field facility aimed at expanding the span of youth baseball both locally and around the country.

The facility will provide free or reduced-cost youth baseball year-round.

The duo also personally donated funds to the project, as did L.A. Dodger star pitcher Clayton, who is from the area and who was also present at the groundbreaking.

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