Young Players Learn from Yankee Great Jeff Nelson at SPFBL Pitching Clinic on July 18
Four-time World Series Champion Hosts Clinic at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Former Yankees reliever Champion Jeff Nelson gave pointers to 40 aspiring major leaguers at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s varsity field on Saturday.
The four-time World Series champ talked about his days playing in little league and pitching on the baseball world's biggest stage. He also took questions from the audience: What was your favorite baseball memory? ("Beating the Mets in 2000 because they talked too much smack.") Why was your record so good with two outs and the bases loaded? ("The runners weren't mine. I didn't feel as much pressure.") Are you in the Hall of Fame? ("No, but I'm in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.")
The 15-year MLB veteran also posed for pictures and signed autographs for participants, organizers, and volunteers.
The proceeds from this event will start a fund to defray costs for Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL)'s 12U travel teams to participate in the annual tournament in Cooperstown, NY, in 2016.
"Jeff was great, and it could not have gone better," said SPFBL travel director Chris Bates. "The feedback was overwhelmingly positive today."
The clinic was possible with the help of Joe Quagliano of Mint Pros, a company that specializes in stadium tours and other baseball celebrity VIP events. Mint Pros is a longtime supporter of SPFBL. Scotch Plains High School athletic director Ryan Miller and varsity head coach Joe Higgins offered use of the field for the young players.
"Next year, we'll look to put together a hitting clinic with another one of our former MLB stars," said Quagliano. "I'm glad it worked out today."