Pro Baseball Clinic expands in Alaska to include more players

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 7, 2015

Five years ago the Professional Baseball Clinic was created in Anchorage to give kids the chance to receive 1-on-1 instruction from Major League Baseball coaches.

Now the clinic is expanding to Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley to include even more Alaskans.

Houston Astros coaches Brent Strom and Ralph Dickenson will be here next month for five days – Nov. 11 in Wasilla, Nov. 13-15 in Anchorage and Nov. 16 in Fairbanks.

All players welcome ages 9 to 18.

Strom is the pitching coach for the Houston Astros and Dickenson is the team’s hitting instructor. Together, they bring more than 70 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate level.

They are also driving forces behind this year’s Astros team that just knocked the New York Yankees out of the MLB playoffs.

Strom has been a winner at every level, winning a College World Series title as a player with Southern Cal in 1970 and a World Series title as a coach with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. 

He also pitched five years in the bigs, throwing a complete game at old Yankee Stadium. This guy tossed 16 CGs in 75 career starts. 

Strom is in his third season as pitching coach for the Astros, one of the youngest and most promising teams in the game. This is his sixth season as the chief instructor at the Professional Baseball Clinic.

His return to Fairbanks will be a homecoming as Strom played for the Goldpanners back in the day.

Dickenson is coming for the first time, replacing fellow Astros hitting instructor Jeff Albert. Dickenson is in his first season with Houston as the team’s assistant hitting coach after serving as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator in 2013. 

Prior to joining the Astros, he spent three seasons (2010-12) as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Today some of those players have helped the Blue Jays win the American League East title for the first time in 22 years. 

Overall in his career Dickenson has spent 20 seasons as a minor league hitting coordinator or instructor in the Brewers, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees and Nationals organizations. 

This is Alaska’s only opportunity to get one-on-one training from MLB coaches.  

Don’t miss this opportunity.

These clinics are sponsored by the Alliance for Support of American Legion in Alaska, BP, Matson and Alaska Airlines.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.