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November 26, 2013

WSU baseball camp, featuring Trammell and Parrish, set for Dec. 8

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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WSU baseball camp, featuring Trammell and Parrish, set for Dec. 8
Former members of the Detroit Tigers, Alan Trammell, left, and Lance Parrish, are pictured at a Wayne State University baseball camp. Along with Trammell and Parrish, Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor is also scheduled to appear at this year's camp.

The Wayne State University baseball camp is scheduled to return for its fourth year Dec. 8.

The camp features former Detroit Tiger players Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish, both of whom were part of a 1984 world championship team.

While Trammell and Parrish have been part of the camp since it started in 2010, this will be current Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor’s first year providing assistance. Baylor played for various teams throughout his career, finishing with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBIs.

The camp is open to players from grades 2-12 and features instruction in various aspects of the game, including catching, fielding and hitting. Members of Wayne State’s coaching staff and team are also scheduled to be at the camp to provide assistance.

Wayne State baseball coach Ryan Kelley offered some thoughts as to what can be expected for those who attend the camp.

“It’s a very high instruction camp,” he said. “We’re looking for a quality experience of educating the aspiring players to pick up on drills, concepts, key words and philosophies from former major league All-Stars. Campers will have an opportunity to work directly with professional-level clinicians, (and) also NCAA student-athletes.”

While the camp may provide “high instruction,” it doesn’t mean some fun can’t be had at the same time.

“It’s a great atmosphere,” Kelley said. “All campers will be placed into groups based on their age, and they’ll rotate station-to-station. Kind of like a Detroit-themed, Motor City-style assembly line production, where they go from one station to the next. Every group will have a leader; one of those leaders will be a Wayne State student-athlete. They will get a chance to interact with a college-level player. There’s fun involved with that — (getting) to know each other and enjoy the experience.”

Kelley isn’t likely to mind more of the kind of reaction the camp has generated in the past.

“I think people have really enjoyed their time,” he said. “I think the thing they really take away is (the) overall experience — getting a chance to learn from two of the greatest Tigers, really, to put on a Tiger uniform — learn about them, their history, and how they affected our team in the city of Detroit.  Chance to meet baseball student-athletes from Wayne State — college players that have gotten to this level (and) understand what it takes.”

The Alan Trammell Premier Infield Camp is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon (with hitting instruction from Parrish), with the Lance Parrish Premier Catching Camp scheduled for 1:30 until 4 p.m. (with hitting instruction from Trammell). 

The cost is $90 per camp or $160 for both sessions. The camps are scheduled to take place at the Matthaei Athletic Building.

Registration is scheduled to end Nov. 28. Campers may still sign up, however, if there is room available. Those interested should call (313) 577-2749 for space availability.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.