Former Met To Appear At Baseball Clinic In Jamestown

Jon Matlack, former New York Mets standout pitcher, is coming to Jamestown to put on a two-day baseball clinic next month.

Matlack is the ”Secrets of Champions” director of baseball programs and will staff the Jamestown Tigers youth camp for youngsters ages 7-16.

The camp is set for the Martin Road Complex July 17-18 with the players’ program set for July 17 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes a group session for parents from noon-1 p.m.

The coaches clinic is from 8 a.m.-noon on July 18 and is designed for coaches at any level and includes skills teaching, performance principles and game strategies.

The cost is $65 if a player is registered by July 12 and $75 if registered after that date. The discount for siblings is $65 for the first player and $40 for a second person from the same family.

The coaches clinic costs $100 if received by July 12 and $125 if after that date.

”Our goal is to give these young players a big league day in the life experience while they learn skills, nutrition, conditioning and other fine points of baseball that will help them see the game bigger, play it better and enjoy it more,” said Matlack.

”This is an amazing opportunity for young baseball players throughout the Southern Tier,” said Jamestown Tigers coach Joe Spoto. ”These are coaches from the highest levels in the sport and we hope this grows to be an annual event for us.”.

Joining Matlack on the staff are Jordan Basile, assistant coach at University at Buffalo, Frank Jagoda, an assistant coach at Canisius College, Detroit Tigers performance coach George Carlo, former Jamestown Community College player Jake Fosburg and Reggie Witherspoon, former Buffalo basketball coach and now the sports director of Secrets of Champions.

Matlack was the National League Rookie of the Year, selected three times to the National League all-star team, won the MVP award at the all-star game in addition to several playoff and World Series appearances.

When he was through playing, he became pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers and was the also the minor league pitching coordinator for both the Tigers and the Houston Astros organizations.

Registration is limited and further information is available by contacting Spoto at 499-2137.