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Some top baseball prospects converge on California

August 3, 2011

Long Beach, CA – This coming weekend will offer a special experience for the family and friends of some high school age players from all across the country. There is a long list of talented baseball players that have participated in this showcase event which dates back to 1986. The Area Code Games have taken on many directions over the years and displayed the talents of multiple prospects. The simple fact that more than 500 Major League Baseball players have participated in this event remains the focus of all professional baseball organizations. The games begin on Friday following athletic evaluations at Blair Field, home to Long Beach State Dirtbags baseball. There will be a large number of college and university coaches in attendance right along side the management personnel and professional scouts of all 30 clubs. While some top baseball prospects converge on California there will be new stories from family and friends about their experience associated with one of the nation’s best buffet of talent.

The Athletics, Brewers, Rangers, Reds, Royals, Nationals, Yankees and White Sox will have the honors of sharing the dugouts with these talented players. There will also be a few other teams represented by various levels of club personnel to interact with the young men from around the country during the event. There is no chance for sharing any personal opinions about the players for obvious reasons but one thing is certain. I’m looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues from around the country that share similar passions and responsibility around the game despite my continued challenges of mobility from a spinal injury.

Obviously there are no guarantees with future draft possibilities attending this event. Some are surely going to be drafted but many others not present will be announced during the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. My son John Lamb had the fine fortune of participation back in 2007 with the Washington Nationals club following his Mickey Mantle World Series Championship with the Midland organization from Ohio. It is very safe to say that his involvement in the showcase event contributed to his current professional baseball opportunity with the Kansas City Royals. I’m very confident that many more Dads from this year’s Area Code Games will agree about the size of presence from professional baseball and the potential impact on their son’s professional career.

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