Camp postponed by earthquake set for Dec. 20-22

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Dec 9, 2018

Just in time for the holidays, the Professional Baseball Camp featuring MLB coaches from the Houston Astros is back on the calendar after getting postponed because of the massive Nov. 30 earthquake.


The new dates are Dec. 20-22 at West High School in Anchorage. Times for Legion players and youth groups will be released in a few days, but plan on Thursday night, Friday afternoon (no school) and Saturday afternoon.


If players are not able to attend this camp, they can transfer their paid admission to our College Coaches Clinic Jan. 18-19-20 at The Dome.


Note: An email will go out at the start of the week that will confirm times, locations and allow participants to confirm they will be attending this camp or apply the credit to the January camp. 


This month’s Professional Baseball Camp will again feature coaches from the Houston Astros – but it won’t be Brent Strom and Ralph Dickenson, who couldn’t return this time due to scheduling conflicts.


Both men were in town during the earthquake and had looked forward to working with Alaska kids once again. They vowed to come back in 2019.


“Many of your kids have attended these clinics the last few years and I was looking forward to seeing their progress from last year,” said Strom, the Astros pitching coach. “Both Ralph and I have other clinic obligations until Spring Training, but we have arranged through the Astros organization and Alaska Airlines for two outstanding coaches to come to Anchorage.”


The new Astros coaches coming are Troy Snitker, the team’s co-hitting coach, and Bill Murphy, the organization’s pitching coordinator.


“These are really up-and-coming coaches and they will be teaching many of the techniques that we believe in our organization,” Strom said.


Strom was a starting pitcher in the big leagues back in the day, but right after the earthquake he became a closer and personally made sure the Alaska camp had MLB-quality coaches fill in.


If Strom approves of them, that’s the only recommendation needed.


“Troy's father was the MLB National League Manager of the Year for the Atlanta Braves this year,” he said. “Bill is a young pitching coach with a bright future.


“Neither of the them have ever been to Alaska, so they are very excited.”


Strom expects to be back next year with Dickenson.


“We hope to be back in November 2019 for our 10th year in Alaska,” he said. “Have a great holiday season.”