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Former MLB pro Dellucci to host clinic

Published 12:01am Friday, December 13, 2013

Vidalia — Several current and former professional baseball players will share their expertise Saturday at the A Day at the Ballpark baseball clinic.

David Dellucci will be one of many former MLB players to grace the Concordia Recreation District 3 complex. Dellucci played 13 years in the MLB when he was drafted from Ole Miss in 1995 to the Baltimore Orioles.

Delluci’s resume is extensive as it features several teams that made history.

“My rookie year, I led the national league in triples,” he said. “In 2001, I won the World Series with the (Arizona) Diamondbacks, and in 2003 I lost with the (New York) Yankees in the World Series. I played on seven playoff teams.”

With all of his accomplishments, the Baton Rouge native said the Miss-Lou area is close to his heart.

“I spent a lot of time in Mississippi as a child, and I always had a love of Natchez and the area,” Dellucci said. “I love the history of it and it’s a beautiful town, the people are friendly, so it’s always been near and dear to my heart.

“Seven years ago, I purchased property in Vidalia, and I feel a deep desire to give back to the community.”

Dellucci thought hosting a baseball clinic in Vidalia’s new recreational facility would be a great way to serve the community.

“We’ll have the LSU coaching staff and members and special guests for the girls, and I’m going to bring current and former pro players,” he said.

The main goal Dellucci has for the clinic is to have fun with the children.

“The number one goal of mine is to make the game of baseball as fun as possible for kids,” he said. “If it’s not fun, they’re not going to play the game.”

When it comes to his motivational tactics, Dellucci leans on his own story to give the children an extra motive to work hard.

“I was in all of their shoes,” Dellucci said. “I was the guy that was smaller than other players and my motivational speech is anything is possible if you set your goal and you strive to reach your goals.

“I overcame the small percentage of guys that become pros, I overcame injuries and it all happened because of hard work and determination.”

Dellucci said he welcomes all children ages seven to 17 to attend the camp, even those who are planning to take the ACT that morning.

“If they’re interested, they can come after they take their ACT, we won’t hold that against them because we’re big into making good grades and getting into school,” he said.

The clinic is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is pre-registration only at $75 a child. To register, go to extrainningsbaseball.com or see Chip Sturdivant at SportsCenter.