Thursday, May 29, 2008

Navigators and Valdez Baseball Academy Partner to Hold Baseball Camp This Summer

Joe Jasinski, North Shore Navigators Sports Information Department

While the Navigators look to excel in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL), the team is also looking to enhance the community. What better way to begin than to equip youths with the skills needed to play the game that the players know best: baseball!

The Navigators are teaming up with the Valdez Baseball Academy to provide a summer baseball camp for youths on the North Shore. Young ballplayers will be mentored by former professional player David Valdez and the Navigators players at Fraser Field in Lynn. The camp runs from July 21-25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The mission of the baseball camp is to provide a week of high quality instruction to improve our ballplayers' skills...and have a blast doing it! The camp is open to kids ages 7-14 years old. The total cost of the camp is expected to be $135 (includes lunch). The camp should teach kids valuable lessons in baseball while always having fun, Navigators Owner Philip Rosenfield said.

"It's great fun," Rosenfield said. "I wish I was a kid again."

David Valdez is a former Major League Baseball player who had stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners. He also played in the Domincan Winter, Columbian and Independent Leagues. He currently holds the position of Executive Director at 1st Place Sports Complex in Medford, MA.

The North Shore Navigators are the newest members of the NECBL, an elite, wood-bat summer league featuring some of the best collegiate players from around the country. The Navigators kick off their inaugural season on Saturday, June 7, against the defending league champion Vermont Mountaineers at Fraser Field in Lynn. For more information, visit the team's website at


Anonymous said...

Just an FYI that Carey baseball academy is the same week for the same $ and longer hours, as well as, the project learn program. I would sign my son up but already committed to the other programs. If you would consider changing it to last week in July I would do it.

Joe Grav said...

I passed your comment on to Phil R.


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