European Big League Tour 2010

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STARS COME TO THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM ON THE EUROPEAN BIG LEAGUE TOUR

This November, Major League Baseball stars Rick Vandenhurk (Baltimore Orioles), JohnBaker (Florida Marlins), Greg Halman (Seattle Mariners), Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles),and Jeremy Guthrie (Baltimore Orioles), as well as Major League Baseball hitting coach JimPresley and strength and conditioning expert Kyle Barbour will bring their expertise to the Netherlands and Belgium as they participate in the first European Big League Tour.Organised by Dutch baseball star Rick Vandenhurk himself, the European Big League Tourwill see these Major League Baseball players and coaches show off their skills at four freeclinics for children aged 6-15 who are interested in the sport. Though any children wantingto participate in the clinics, which will be held in Eindhoven (Indoor Sportcentrum) on 6November, Haarlem (Kennemer Sportcenter) on 7 November, Rotterdam(Topsportcentrum) on 9 November, and Antwerp (Extra Time Sport Hall, Hoboken) on 13November, must register on http://www.europeanbigleaguetour.com, the clinics are open for thepublic to come watch. This unique opportunity to see Major League Baseball stars up closeis a must-attend for anyone interested in baseball!Rick Vandenhurk said, “the tour will not only spread the game that we love so much, but itwill also help kids, coaches, and local players experience what it is like to learn from some ofthe best in the game and in the world.” At the clinics, kids will have the chance to practicetheir hitting, catching and pitching with the players, as well as have their photos taken.Spectators may get the chance to get involved as well!To celebrate the arrival of these Major League Baseball stars and to benefit children’s cancercharity Kika, a dinner and auction will be held on Friday, 5 November at the NH BarbizonPalace Hotel, Amsterdam. Tickets are on sale and attendees will have the chance to dinewith the Major League Baseball players, as well as bid on items including Yankees jerseyssigned by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera, and shirts offootballers including Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel. Laura Fygi and Ali B. will provideentertainment, and sports journalist Mark Smeets will speak.Watch all Major League Baseball on ESPN America http://www.espnamerica.comFor more information on the European Big League Tour, go towww.europeanbigleaguetour.comContact Megan McNamara at MLB for additional information megan.mcnamara@mlbi.co.ukContact Jaques Happe for information on tickets to the Kika Dinner and Auction info@highlow.nlContact Virginie Bernon for information on ESPN America virginie.bernon@espn.com

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