Grizzlies to host MLB Jr. Home Run Derby on February 17

Top performers may have opportunity to advance to regional/national finals; includes USA Baseball bat demo and coaching clinic

By Fresno Grizzlies | February 7, 2018 1:50 PM

FRESNO, Calif. - Chukchansi Park will be one of several nationwide sites hosting the "Jr. Home Run Derby," a Major League Baseball event open to all kids 14 and under. The Fresno Grizzlies are presenting the event for area youth thanks to Dick's Sporting Goods. Young players will have the opportunity to hit on the same field as future MLB stars on Saturday, February 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to the general public.

Two separate fields measuring distance will be set up on the playing surface at Chukchansi Park. Top performers may advance further in the national tournament based on a good showing in Fresno. The event is free for contestants to attend and to participate in courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods.

Also included during the event are USA Baseball bat demos and coaching clinics; with new bat specifications for youth baseball taking effect this season, players will have the opportunity to swing the new USA Baseball-approved bats at a hitting station on the field at Chukchansi Park.  

For more information about the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby, please contact Jason Hannold in the Fresno Grizzlies front office at 559-320-2552 or jhannold@fresnogrizzlies.com. To pre-register, please visit this link: https://dicks.formstack.com/forms/mlb_jr_homerun_derby_bat_demo_day_coaches_clinic

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ABOUT THE FRESNO GRIZZLIES
The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League and one of 30 clubs in the world playing the highest level of Minor League Baseball. The team plays at 12,500-seat Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno, which is also a year-round community gathering place, hosting myriad other special events beyond Grizzlies' games, such as concerts, professional soccer and high school sporting events. The Grizzlies will enter the 2018 season - their 21stin Fresno - on the momentum three consecutive winning seasons, including a PCL and National Championship in 2015. For information on 2018 Fresno Grizzlies season ticket and mini-plans, fans should call the Grizzlies' ticket office at 559.320.TIXS between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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