Page 38 PONOKA NEWS
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Former Expos pitcher hosts clinic By Amelia Naismith A baseball celebrity recently treated Ponoka’s young pitchers to a special clinic. Former Montreal Expos pitcher Mike Johnson works for Baseball Alberta. “I was contacted in the office about Ponoka being interested.” During the hour-long session, Johnson drove home the importance of achieving the proper arm positions to throw correctly. “We want to try and make it fun for them,” said Johnson, who spent a lot of time coaching the youths in one-on-one assistance. Ponoka is the third or fourth community Johnson has visited in the past few weeks and he’s enjoying the experience. “It’s good, especially this group of kids. They’re really attentive and eager to learn,” said Johnson. Johnson played professional baseball for 19 years, five years in the major leagues and played for two Olympic teams. He knows focusing on the young players results is not the key to their success. Rather than looking at where the ball goes, Johnson works to help each player hit their mark with their arms and legs. Once everything is in line he knows they’ll get the ball there it needs to go. Sam and Isaac McCaughey attended the clinic with their mother, who could see improvement in
Lachlan Bishop (front) and Levi Robinson (back) take part in a pitching clinic taught by former Montreal Expos pitcher Mike Johnson on April Photos by Amelia Naismith 18. many of the players since the clinics started. Lessons on how to throw correctly weren’t the only thing the boys received
from Johnson. After the session was over he took the time to sign many gloves for the beaming boys.
Sydney Raby winds up from the 12 o’clock position. Although the girls weren’t instructed by Mike Johnson they also held a clinic April 18.
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April 24, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News