HALL OF FAMER ROBERTO ALOMAR AND OUT OF THE PARK SPORTS PARTNER UP TO HELP DEVELOP YOUTH BASEBALL IN CANADA
Out of the Park Sports and Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar, have formed a partnership to advance the development of youth baseball in Canada.
The two parties will create the Roberto Alomar Baseball Academy which will promote and advance youth baseball, enhance the skills of existing players, and help bridge the gap between existing baseball programming and preparation for both collegiate and professional baseball. The Roberto Alomar Baseball Academy will operate at the Out of the Park Sports facility in Toronto, with the intention of developing a larger baseball facility in the near future.
The Roberto Alomar Baseball Academy will offer high level instructional clinics on infield, pitching, outfield, catching, and hitting. Alomar will bring along several of his former teammates and coaches to augment OPS coaches and lead the baseball instruction. In addition, Roberto Alomar will assist the Toronto Mets Baseball Club with their off-season development program.
This new partnership continues to build on Alomar’s long-time commitment to help develop youth baseball in Canada. Alomar is an instructor at the Toronto Blue Jays Super Camps and annual National Coaching Clinic. Additionally, Alomar and the Toronto Blue Jays host Tournament 12, a national showcase tournament for the best 160 high school age baseball players in Canada.
“I am extremely excited to partner with the team at Out of the Park Sports on this new initiative. This will allow me and my former teammates to play an even bigger role in the development of baseball in Canada. Through the leadership of Anthony Caputo and his team at Out of the Park Sports, I feel we will have a great opportunity to really have an impact on the development of Canadian-born players. I am looking forward to working more closely with these players and coaches to pass along some of the knowledge that will help them succeed not just in baseball, but in life.” - Roberto Alomar.
Anthony Caputo, OPS Principle, added “OPS was created to advance amateur baseball. It serves the development needs of the Toronto Mets and a number of other baseball clubs, organizations, associations and individuals. It is a privilege to team with Roberto, who has contributed so much on and off the field, on this very important next step forward for GTA baseball. Significant expansion plans for OPS are underway - and we will keep the baseball community updated as we progress. “
To celebrate this new partnership, Sandy Alomar and his Hall of Fame son, plus former No. 1 draft pick Lloyd Moseby will attend a ceremony at Out of the Park Sports (1510 Birchmount Rd Unit 162, Scarborough, Ont.) on Monday May 9, from 7:30–9:30pm.
Over his career 17-year MLB career, Roberto was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which is the most ever by a second basemen. He received four Silver Slugger Awards at second base and was named the American League Championship Series MVP in 1992. He is a member of both the National Baseball Hall of Fame (class of 2011) and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (class of 2010). Roberto retired from baseball in 2004 with a career batting average of .300, 2,724 hits, 474 stolen bases, and 210 homeruns and is arguably considered the great second baseman of all time. While with the Blue Jays, Roberto won two World Series titles (1992 and 1993). He was enshrined into the Blue Jays Level of Excellence in April of 2008 and later had his famous number 12 retired on July 31, 2011. Robbie now serves as a special assistant to Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro.
About Out of the Park
Out of the Park Sports was established in 2013 as the GTA’s premier indoor baseball training centre in an effort to promote amateur baseball and provide players of all ages an opportunity to take their game to the next level. It is centered around a 15,000 square foot indoor facility with a 170-X-70 clear span infield and 50-foot ceilings. OPS is home to the Toronto Mets Baseball Club, and hosts numerous other teams, local programs, clinics and events. The OPS coaching team and instructors include some of the finest talent in southern Ontario with impeccable records, standards and qualifications. Under the direction of Aaron Caputo, Ryan McBride and the entire coaching staff, OPS takes a holistic approach to player development and trains elite level baseball players, develops younger players and participates in numerous community-related activities. OPS is currently undertaking a significant expansion program with a view to increasing on and off field capacity and programming.