Blue Jays Academy Gallery

You couldn’t have asked for a better few days in Alberta for the Blue Jays Academy Honda Super Camp.

The annual nationwide trek started with a two-day stop in St. Albert on Tuesday and Wednesday. A handful of Blue Jays alumni showed kids between the ages of nine and 16 some tricks of the trade.

The American League MVP in 1987, George Bell, handled the hitting duties, while catcher J.P. Arencibia framed up tips in the bullpen, Rick Romero tossed out some pointers to pitching prospects and Homer Bush handled the infield drills.

The stop also included a special unveiling of the Millar Field House, in honour of St. Albert Minor Baseball Association President Kurtis Millar.

The field house was put together in partnership between the association and the Jays Care Foundation that was announced in 2018.

Then it was onto Okotoks for Thursday and Friday, where Mother Nature couldn’t have handed those in attendance a better pair of days.

Blue Jays Academy invited us onto the field to snap some pictures and chat with Bush and Arencibia for the latest episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast. You can check it all out below.

A few young athletes learning some tricks of the trade from 1987 American League MVP George Bell … photo by Ian Wilson
Bell urges on a handful of players in Okotoks … photo by Ian Wilson
A group of players gathers around former Blue Jays infielder Homer Bush …. photo by Ian Wilson
Homer Bush gets ready to show the players the ropes in Okotoks. … photo by Ian Wilson
J.P. Arencibia looks on ahead of another drill at Seaman Stadium. … photo by Ian Wilson
Arencibia gets a good chuckle as he works with a few young baseball players in Okotoks. … photo by Ian Wilson
All smiles in the sunshine in Okotoks for Arencibia. … photo by Ian Wilson
Ricky Romero looks on as pitching prospects show off their stuff. … photo by Ian Wilson
Arencibia chats with our own Joe McFarland for the latest episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast.   … photo by Ian Wilson

Bell gets a good laugh in the dugout during the Thursday morning timeout in Okotoks. … photo by Ian Wilson
No shortage of banter and laughs in the dugout between Romero and Bell. … photo by Ian Wilson
Bush tosses some infield drills to participants at the Super Camp in Okotoks. … photo by Joe McFarland
Bell gives a few tips to a keen young athlete. … photo by Joe McFarland
Bush gets ready to toss another grounder to one of the young baseball players. … photo by Joe McFarland
Romero frames up a pitch from one of the young athletes looking for some pointers. … photo by Joe McFarland

Romero looks on as a young pitcher puts all they have into a throw. … photo by Joe McFarland

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