Baseball in Marina


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Local coach Bob Kittle is both a fixture and good omen in Santa Cruz baseball. He nabbed the position of head coach at Cabrillo College after a 13-year stint at Santa Cruz High School, where he passed 47 players—12 of whom carried Division I scholarships—on to four-year schools. After seven Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title wins and a community effort that saw Bill Dodge Field built, he now guides college players toward burgeoning baseball careers. He prefers to focus on the willpower behind the sport, telling the Santa Cruz Sentinel that "winning and success will take care of itself" when his students are devoted. Bob runs the Santa Cruz Baseball School as a year-round venue for players to hone their on-the-field skills. Through the nonprofit organization, he coaches kids with private lessons, high-school leagues, and recruiting tips to impress colleges, such as how to tell the difference between a diamond and a parallelogram. The school's summer camps engage 7- to 14-year-olds with game-play drills and speed-boosting techniques. Past instructors include Neil Walton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Lauren Gagnier of the Detroit Tigers.
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos,
CA
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The expert trainers at Extreme Fitness and Sports push their clients to run faster, stretch deeper, and push harder. With their sports-specific and general fitness programs, they aim to help guests improve their performance using equipment either outdoors or within their sprawling facility. The facility boasts long stretches of flooring for sprints, free weights, and boxes of different heights to jump up upon.
1600 Dell Avenue
Campbell,
CA
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In order to bring the goodness of the game outside the park, proceeds from ticket sales will be generously hurled into the open arms of One Brick, a band of benevolent folks who support local causes across the country. In between volunteer operations, One Brickers bring people of all ages, races, and lollipop preferences together for fun, inclusive gatherings. This particular evening combines the joys of America's pastime with arguably the most joyous of American states, Hawaii. While the Giants duke it out with the Nuts, you and your fellow fans can live it up island-style. Last year's event included luau dancers, roasted pig, pineapple, a life-sized volcano in center field, and more.
588 E Alma Ave.
San Jose,
CA
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Staffed by a team of former professional and collegiate baseball veterans, South Bay Sports Training ushers in new generations of baseball and softball players with expert clinics and personal training. Instruction is broken down into the sport’s fundamentals—hitting, pitching, fielding, catching, throwing, and general performance, among others—with each group or private training session led by an expert in each specialty, ensuring students are privy to all the tips and tricks specific to that position.
995 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose,
CA
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Like a perfectly broken-in glove or a lucky bat, RD Academy stays with ballplayers for years and years. It also plays an important role in a ballplayer's development. When Santa Clara University head baseball coach Dan O'Brien founded the academy, he didn't design it for just one age group, but instead as a resource that players can turn to from the moment they pick up a ball to the moment they have to pick out a college. The academy's youth camps, for instance, emphasize the game's fundamentals to kids aged 7–13. When the time comes to move up to the next level, the academy organizes high school showcases, where ballplayers can impress college coaches without hurling a fastball through their bedroom window, and then immediately repairing the window.
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara,
CA
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At AT&T Park’s right-field portwalk, the open arches grant free views into San Francisco Giants home games—for a few innings, at least. Barring any big crowds, the staff will let you peek in for three innings or longer. In the meantime, enjoy the sweeping views of the bay.
425 University Ave
Palo Alto,
CA
US
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