Professional Baseball Clinic features NY Mets coaches

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Dec 20, 2012

Ever wonder how a slugger like David Wright prepares his body to smash home runs in the major leagues? Ever marvel the way speedsters like Jose Reyes stay so nimble on the base paths?

It’s no secret; it’s their strength and conditioning coaches.

These guys keep your favorite players on the field. They are the true MVPs.

And two of them with MLB and NFL experience will be here Jan. 11-13 at The Dome to share tips they give the pros.

The Alliance of Support for American Legion Baseball in Alaska is proud to present the 2013 Alaska Airlines Professional Baseball Clinic featuring Kenny Coward and Jason Griffin of the New York Mets.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Coward said. “How often can you say you’ve been to Alaska?”

And how often can you say you’ve been schooled by the best in baseball?

This is your chance. Registration is just $25.

That’s a steal – literally, because these guys will help you steal more bases next season by teaching you proper strength and conditioning.

Coward has been with the Mets for 11 years, developing some of the biggest names in baseball. Griffin has been with the Mets for two years; before that he spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Now they will be at The Dome Jan. 11-13 to teach kids, coaches and parents the same principles they preach to the pros.

Coward is a speed guy, focusing on agility, quickness, weight training philosophies and nutrition. He likes to keep drills competitive, pitting kids against the clock as well as each other.

Griffin is a power guy, familiar with explosive movements that are required in the batter’s box and in the field. He said baseball, football, it doesn’t matter – the concept is the same.

“You want an athlete to be conditioned to field their position, whether it’s center field or defensive back,” Griffin said.

Schedule

Friday, Jan. 11

3 PM to 5 PM, 14-18 ages, both endzones, 10-13 ages, both cages

5 PM to 7 PM, 14-18 ages, both cages, 10-13 ages, both endzones

7 PM to 8 PM Optional hitting

Saturday, Jan. 12

11 AM to 1 PM, 14-18 ages, south endzone

1 PM to 3 PM, 14-18 ages, both cages, south endzone

4 PM to 6 PM 10-13 ages, both endzones

6 PM to 8 PM 10-13 ages, both cages

Sunday, Jan. 13

Noon to 1:30 PM 14-18 ages, field one, south endzone, 10-13 ages, both cages

1:30 PM to 3 PM 14-18 ages, both cages, 10-13 ages field one, south endzone

3 PM to 4 PM Optional hitting

4 PM to 6 PM Optional fielding