Twins Coaches Put on Free Clinic in Grand Rapids

By KBJR News 1

July 23, 2011 Updated Jul 23, 2011 at 8:59 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Minnesota Twins have long been recognized as an organization that goes above and beyond its responsibility to the community.

That trend continued Saturday morning in Grand Rapids as coaches from the Twins were putting on a free youth baseball clinic as a part of the Play Ball Minnesota! initiative.

More than 100 kids showed up to get advice on the basics of baseball - throwing, fielding, and hitting - as well as the game of life.

One of the coaches was Ken Mauer, uncle of Twins star catcher Joe Mauer.

This is the 51st year the Twins have put on these free clinics, holding 42 of them across the region this year.

The coaches in Grand Rapids said they wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

"The Twins Community Fund has been doing this for 50 years," Don Geng said. "Last year was the 50th anniversary, and they think they've coached about a million kids in the five-state area. The Twins really want to build up baseball and want the kids to have fun, so they send us out to help the kids get better."

Posted by Zach Schneider