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  • Last updated Aug. 27, 2015

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I have to start this section by telling all those who have dedicated their time to helping or coaching a Little League team, ‘thank you’. It takes a lot of dedication to rake those fields, be there for practices and pick up all those stray bats and helmets. And we would all be taken off the roster if we didn’t acknowledge all those Little League moms! Thanks, mom.

I would have never had a career in professional baseball were it not for all my Little League coaches who gave their time, patience and encouragement to me. Little League, Pony League, Cal Ripken Baseball, American Legion et.al is the foundation of baseball. This is where a passion for the game begins and where a lifetime of memories begin to take root.

Youth baseball leagues teach not only the game of baseball but also valuable lessons in character that will serve them throughout their lives. Little League coaches have a great opportunity to teach their young players the values of winning and losing, sportsmanship and the importance of being a good teammate. If a Little League coach can teach and model these traits then, I feel, he has done an excellent job.

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