Baseball: D-backs’ outreach director visits WR

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Rodin says coaches must adapt to today’s players

By Mike Cote

Los Alamos isn’t generally a stop for a Major League Baseball team, but a visitor from the Arizona Diamondbacks was on-hand Wednesday at Chamisa Elementary School.
Jeff Rodin, the Diamondbacks’ director of baseball outreach and development, gave a presentation to local baseball and softball coaches Wednesday night at the school’s media center.
There are new ways to reach younger players, Rodin reiterated throughout his 2-1/2 hour presentation, which was attended by approximately 30 youth coaches.
“A lot of people who didn’t play, or haven’t played in a long time, forget how hard of a game it is,” Rodin said.
The Diamondbacks have a very good relationship with Los Alamos County’s baseball and softball youth programs. For the past decade, White Rock and Los Alamos players have been mainstays at the Diamondbacks’ youth camps, held in Arizona during Los Alamos Public Schools’ spring break.
In 2001, White Rock Little League’s Randy Parks contacted the Diamondbacks, then a fledgling expansion team, to see if they would put a clinic for local players in the county. The Diamondbacks said no, but invited WRLL to attend their youth clinic that year.
The response was big. About 60 players from around the county attended the camp.

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