Spartanburg
South Carolina

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Fox Sports Interview with Spartanburg Junior Legion Players
29 June 2018
Carter Peeler, Tray Young, Zach Humphries, Jake Little, Ethan Crump

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Open letters from the coaches and director of the Post 28 Baseball program for 2018 season

 

From Post 28 Athletic Director:
 
      American Legion baseball teams are formed in hometowns throughout the country.  Baseball players from several high schools converge into one Legion team for the summer.  It is not professional baseball, but it is the best well organized high level community based baseball around.  Area Legion baseball started when the Textile Leagues were King in the South and grew when Duncan Park was home to minor league teams - the Peaches and Phillies.  Spartanburg Post 28 is the longest playing baseball team in Duncan Park and still calls the stadium home.  Fans in Spartanburg, Inman, Greer, Union, Chesnee and Gaffney take hometown pride in their Legion teams and support them all the way.  The Legion season is fast approaching and town rivalry will play out on baseball diamonds throughout South Carolina and the Nation.  Many citizens who may be irritable that we don’t have a professional team to support and pull for should take notice of South Carolina American Legion League VI.  Check the schedule (out soon) and make your plans to support your hometown team.  Spartanburg is looking for ball players who are willing to commit 100% to playing baseball and being part of something much larger than themselves.  Each team will play a minimum of 16 games (Senior team plays 7 innings and Junior team plays 7 innings) during the regular season (~May 20th - July 04), 3-10 games during playoffs (Jul 05-15), 2-6 games at State/Regional/World Series (Jul 23-Aug 21).  This is a lot of baseball in just a short time.  Only 18 players can be rostered per team.   Only a committed team pulling in the same direction will be successful.  The Code of Sportsmanship will be repeated by competing teams before each game, without exception.
 
     We are a nonprofit organization.  The American Legion covers the costs for baseball players 13 to 19 years of age to play the game.  This is made possible through our many generous contributors.  I urge you to take into consideration our efforts to field both Junior and Senior winning teams this year and to renew your support for Post 28’s Baseball Program.  Please find the time this year to support the upstate teams by attending a game, contributing your valuable time or making a monetary donation.  Post 28 will need its Legionnaires to help down at the ball field during home games to run the concession stand, sell tickets at the gate, run the scoreboard, be an announcer or help in general to setup for the evening.  We will be publishing a 2018 Baseball Program and selling space in it for people to show support or advertise their business. 
 
Thanks,
John Barron

 

 From Senior Team Head Coach:
 
      American Legion Baseball has been turning out college and Major League Baseball (MLB) players for decades. Nearly 75 percent of Legion Baseball graduates continue playing baseball in college, and about 50 percent of all current MLB players played Legion Baseball. There has also been 77 Legion Baseball graduates inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Even though American Legion baseball is in my opinion the greatest organization to master your craft. I also believe it’s the most fun you will have playing the game. I have been tasked to coach the players of Post 28 for improvement on their game while encouraging them to be responsible and contributing citizens for our community. I will admire and respect the players for who they are physically, mentally, and emotionally while coaching them to be the best they can be with the talent they were given. We are looking for committed young men willing to not only play the game of baseball but represent God, Country, this organization, their team and community with pride. We are looking for young men willing to make a difference.
 
Thank you,
Coach Micah Stancil


From Junior Head Coach:
 
     American Legion Baseball is an experience of a lifetime.  It is all about - God and Country.  We are looking for the best players available that want to be part of something this summer greater than themselves. I'm excited to get another season of Post 28 Baseball under way. This is a first class organization with excellent support. I hope that you give us a chance this year. We play highly competitive baseball. The experience that you will have this summer will last a life time. You will experience more than just wins and losses. Great friends and a lifetime of memories await you this summer. Last year, we hosted and WON the Junior American Legion State Championship!! We are the defending STATE CHAMPIONS!! We are looking to build upon last year's success. Please give us a chance this year. Let's build off of last year's momentum and create a legacy for the 2018 team. See you at tryouts!!

Thanks,
Coach Blake Burress

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