Diamondbacks Training Center Wraps Up Today


The highlight of the Rim country sports scene the past week has been the presence of Arizona Diamondbacks.

These D-backs are not superstars like Luis Gonzales, Randy Johnson or Curt Schilling. Rather they were a coaching staff made up of former players hand picked by the professional baseball organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, base-running and specific position play.


Arizona Diamondbacks training center coach Sean Payton teaches the skills of catching to youngsters participating in the local baseball camp held this week at Payson High School softball field.

About 40 Rim country youngsters, ages 7 to 14, participated in the camp that was headed by Sean Payton. For Payton, it was his second consecutive year at the Rim country baseball camp.

Training center activities kicked off at 8 a.m. July 7 and will wrap up about 11:30 a.m. today (Friday).

Throughout the week, half day sessions were conducted on the Payson High School softball diamond.

The professional baseball team's presence in the Rim country marks the third year the Diamondbacks have hosted here.

According to Diamondbacks spokesman Jeff Rodin, more than 8,000 youngsters have participated in the training centers that are held at various towns and communities around the state.

To participate, the youngsters paid a $150 fee which included a Training Center T-shirt, cap, backpack and two tickets to Diamondbacks home games. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities Youth Baseball/Softball Fund.

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