Dodgers Host 47th Adult Came

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host their 47th Adult Baseball Camp beginning this Sunday and concluding on Nov. 11 at Dodgertown, the Dodgers' Spring Training facility in Vero Beach, Florida.

More than 100 participants representing 23 states, Canada and Japan, are taking part in this fall's edition of the twice-yearly camp. Throughout the week, campers will receive first-hand instruction from Dodger stars of the past and will use the same training fields, batting cages and locker rooms as the current Dodgers and those aspiring to one day become Dodgers.

Daily activities include drills, batting practice and baseball games among campers, who are divided into six teams. There are also nightly dinners, with awards presented to the top performers of the day.

Included in the illustrious list of instructors are Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider and his former Brooklyn teammates Ralph Branca, Carl Erskine and Clem Labine. Snider and Erskine have instructed in 40 Dodgers Adult Camps while Branca and Labine have served at 39 apiece.

Several members of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Championship team, which recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its title, are expected to be on hand. Among them are Bill Russell, Reggie Smith, Ron Cey, Steve Yeager and current Dodger broadcasters Rick Monday and Jerry Reuss, while former NL MVP Maury Wills and former Dodger pitching coach and club executive Dave Wallace will also participate in the week-long event.

Dodger minor league staff personnel who are serving as instructors are Single-A manager and former Dodger bullpen catcher Travis Barbary, Rookie-level Ogden manager Juan Bustabad, Single-A Columbus coach Garey Ingram, Ogden pitching coach Craig Bjornson, Gulf Coast Dodgers coach Terrik Brock and former Dodgers minor league coach Dann Bilardello.

The training staff includes Los Angeles Dodger assistant athletic trainer Matt Wilson, Dodgers Assistant Athletic trainer Jason Mahnke and Vero Beach trainer Yosuke "Possum" Nakajima. In addition, veteran major league umpire Bruce Froemming is also on hand to work the camp games.

"Every year, the Adult Baseball Camp creates great memories for the campers and staff alike," said Craig Callan, Dodger Vice President, Spring Training and Minor League Facilities. "It's great to welcome back our camp veterans as well as meeting the newcomers. This is something we take great pride in -- making sure the campers have a thoroughly enjoyable week and that they get the most out of their experience."

Veteran camper Neil Adams is participating in his 31st camp and Herbie Lewis, a resident of Pacific Palisades, will attend his 21st camp at 91 years young.

There will be a Campers vs. Instructors game which will take place on Thursday, November 9, at 1:30 p.m. Gates to the stadium will open at 12:30 with concessions available. A $3 entry fee will be charged and all proceeds from the game will go the Special Olympics of Florida. Tickets are available for purchase beginning Monday at the Holman Stadium ticket office.

The 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers' Adult Baseball Camp in the Spring is slated for Feb. 4-10. For more information, call 1-800-344-PLAY or visit the official Dodgers Adult Camp website at

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