Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman and Yucaipa’s very own, Matt Davidson, will be holding his first baseball camp on Dec. 21-22 at Yucaipa High School.
Davidson started playing baseball when he was five years old.
“I love it,” said Davidson. “When I was 10 years old, I decided I wanted to become a professional baseball player. I loved the competition and it’s a cool sport – you don’t have to be perfect to play.”
A humble Davidson was an early draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 draft, right out of Yucaipa High School. He appeared in the All-Stars Futures Game in 2013, and was named Most Valuable Player after hitting a go-ahead two-run homerun. He was promoted to the Major Leagues on Aug. 11, 2013.
Davidson said his career has given him the opportunity to do what he loves to do. Part of that includes giving back to his hometown, Yucaipa.
“I really enjoy coming back to my hometown,” said Davidson. “When I was young, there wasn’t anywhere local to train or get good advice. We just didn’t have it here. I want to bring it back to the Inland Empire. That’s the reason I’m doing it. So, this is awesome.”
Along with other notable pro baseball athletes such as Tyler Chatwood, Jake Marisnick, Jacob Nottingham, Matt Andriese, Kyle Skipworth and Jiovanni Mier, the camp will certainly offer more than just autographs.
The camp will feature private hitting instructor Danny Davidsmeier, private screenings by Redlands Spine & Sport, and special presentations from former Florida Marlins Pitcher and high school recruiter Garrett Parcell along with Davidson’s brother Kevin and agent, Ryan Hamill.
There will be pros at each station at the camp and players will receive individualized pointers.
The two-day camp is open to the public for players age eight to 18 year olds. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days with a one-hour break for lunch, which is not provided.
Some of the fundamentals that will be taught include: hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, base running, speed/weight training and eye training.
The two-day camp is available for $250. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.
Please register online at www.mgdbaseball.com