Nashville RBI will benefit from clinic

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nashville RBI will provide local players and coaches with the opportunity to learn hitting, pitching, fielding and base running from many of the area’s top professional players and coaches at its annual clinic on Saturday, Jan. 9.

The clinic will take place at D1 Sports in Cool Springs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission for the clinic is $50 and will be limited to the first 150 coaches and players.

“This year’s clinic will be special because our clinic has traditionally been offered only to coaches,” said Reggie Whittemore, executive director of Nashville RBI. “We thought this year we’d allow players the opportunity to get firsthand instruction from the people who have been at the pinnacle of our sport.”

The clinic will feature the following current and former major league players, coaches and umpires:

· Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder

· Tim Dillard, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher

· Steve Liddle, Minnesota Twins bench coach

· Chuck Meriwether, MLB umpire

· R.A. Dickey, MLB pitcher

· Jason Maxwell, former major leaguer and current Ensworth High School coach

· Steven Liddle, Minnesota Twins prospect

· Caleb Joseph, Baltimore Orioles catcher

Proceeds from the event will benefit Nashville RBI, which provides inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in baseball and softball leagues. The Nashville chapter now involves more than 1,300 kids and is one of the largest chapters in the country.

Players and coaches interested in participating should register by calling Eric Ward at (615) 259-4000.

About Nashville RBI

Nashville RBI uses baseball and softball and the power of teams to provide inner-city youth with opportunities to play, to learn and to grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. Nashville RBI was started in 1996 with a grant from Major League Baseball. The Nashville chapter now involves more than 1,300 boys and girls ages 6 to 14, and is designed to promote youth interest in baseball and softball, promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the games, increase the self-esteem of disadvantaged children, and encourage academic participation and achievement. For more information, visit or visit our group page on Facebook.