Rays to kick off Little League Baseball initiative - WFLA News Channel 8

Rays to kick off Little League Baseball initiative

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Nearly 70 local Little League Baseball teams will get a lending hand from the Tampa Bay Rays in the form of new T-ball jerseys and caps.

The upcoming Rays initiative is supporting nearly 70 Little League T-ball teams, with over 5,500 players and coaches, in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

It is estimated that participating leagues are saving over $115,000 due to the project.  Thanks to the savings, teams say they will be able to repair facilities, fix the scoreboards, re-paint the dugouts, add fencing to the fields, and purchase new equipment.

To kick off the program, players and coaches from the Rays will work directly with local little league teams from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties during a two-day instructional clinic on Saturday and Sunday. Other participating teams will participate in the clinic later on during the program.

The Little League Coaches Clinic, with Rays Pitching Coach, Jim Hickey and Rays Hitting Coach, Derek Shelton, will be held Saturday, February 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tropicana Field. The Little League Players Clinic, with OF Kevin Kiermaier and RHP Jake Odorizzi, will be held Sunday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., also at Tropicana Field.

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