June 2009

Al Downing Throws First Pitch

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threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Barons’ Saturday night game against the San Luis Obispo Rattlers. Downing, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, played for 17 seasons. His career included stints with the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Academy Barons 1st Annual Youth Baseball Clinic

On Saturday afternoon the Academy Barons hosted their first annual youth baseball clinic. Twenty-five kids showed up for the clinic, which was held at the Urban Youth Academy. The kids rotated between nine different workout stations–catching, hitting, outfielder, baserunning, sliding, pitching, third base, middle infield and first base.  The two-hour clinic ended with an autograph session with members of the Academy Barons team. In addition, six lucky kids got selected to take the field with the Barons before their 7 p.m. game. The Barons ended up losing 5-1 to the San Luis Obispo Rattlers, dropping their record to 1-3.

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Major Academy Barons Announcements!

The Academy Barons are in full swing and we have a
lot of announcements to make. The Academy Barons are the Urban Youth Academy Collegiate team.

The Barons are hosting the 1st
Annual Academy Barons Youth Baseball Clinic
on Saturday June 13th, 2009 from
.  There has been a time
change so please make sure to arrive at the Academy at 12:30pm to register.  No Pre-registration required.  

The clinic is free to all participants.

Selected participants will get a have a chance to take the
field with the Barons on Saturday night to get a baseball autographed.  A raffle will be held to determine

There will also be a great autograph session with members of
the Academy Barons shortly after the baseball clinic. 

reminder, boys and girls are welcome to participate!


On Saturday
night, the Academy Barons are hosting the San
Luis Obispo Rattlers at 7pm.

Al Downing, who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers for seven
seasons before retiring in 1977, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

Admission is free to all
Barons’ games, which feature in-game fan activities and raffle prizes given
away during the game.


On Sunday, the
Academy Barons are hosting the San
Luis Obispo Rattlers at 1pm & 4pm.

Join us for Hall of
Famer Frank Robinson Day! Mr. Robinson will be on hand to throw out the 1st

Admission is free to all
Barons’ games, which feature in-game fan activities and raffle prizes given
away during the game.

UPDATED TIME: Academy Barons Youth Clinic, Saturday June 13th – 1pm-3pm

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On Saturday, June 13, the Academy Barons will be hosting a clinic for kids ages 8-14 at the Urban Youth Academy. There is no pre-registration required, however, the clinic will be offered to the first 100 kids who arrive. The clinic will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and will feature different drills and stations for kids to improve their baseball skills. There will also be an opportunity for kids to take pictures with their favorite Barons players.

WHO: Kids ages 8-14 years old (first 100 kids who arrive)

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WHAT: Academy Barons Baseball Clinic

WHERE: The Urban Youth Academy

WHEN: Saturday, June 13 from 1pm – 3pm

***The Academy Barons will be playing against the San Luis Obispo Rattlers later that evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are Free.  Great contests and prizes are given out throughout the game.***

Barons in the 2009 MLB Draft

Four Academy Barons got the most memorable phone call of their lives on Wednesday afternoon.

Nick Akins, Trayvonne Johnson, Josef Terry and Shuhei Fujiya were notified they had been selected in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The deadline for teams to sign a drafted player is August 17.

Akins, a leftfielder from Vanguard University, was selected in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 catcher, was selected in the 30th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Terry, a second baseman from Cerritos College, was selected in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Fujiya, a right-handed pitcher from University of Northern Iowa, was selected in the 18th round by the San Diego Padres.

Each player shares their thoughts and feelings about being drafted.

Akins: “I was just excited to get my name called. … This is my third time being drafted so I am signing for sure. I have been waiting for this for a while now. It’s kind of crazy that I am about to go out and chase my dream.”

Fujiya: “Excited and happy was my initial feeling, but I was kind of surprised. I was expecting my name to get called but to actually see my name out there is a real surprise. … It’s been a dream my whole life and to get to that starting point is really unbelievable.”

Terry: “I was shocked and overwhelmed. … It’s my first time being drafted. … Baseball has always been my escape. If i had a problem I would just go out and play baseball. It has just always been my way to rescue me so it just made my dream come true.”

Johnson: “I thought about my auntie who passed away in 2007. I kind of stopped playing once she passed away so when I came back and I got the phone call I knew immediately that this is what she would’ve wanted me to do. I was excited and ready to work hard. I am ready and willing to do anything and everything I have in order to get to the next level. … I was drafted in 2006 by the Phillies right out of high school but this feeling is extremely different. This time I know I was ready and prepared. The opportunity presented itself and with opportunity there is success. So I was just ready to do what I have to do to move to the next level, which is the big show.”


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Academy Barons Home-Opener 6-9-09

The Academy Barons kicked off their season Tuesday night when they faced visiting Conejo Oaks at the Urban Youth Academy. The Barons got off to an early lead and held on to it as they defeated Conejo Oaks 4-3. With effective pitching and clutch hitting, the Barons improved to 1-0 for the season. The Barons will continue their three-game series against Conejo Oaks tonight at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Urban Youth Academy.

Stay tuned for stats and scores for the upcoming games.





Tiger Woods Learning Center- Golf Day June 27th 2009

The Tiger Woods Learning Center is hosting a “Junior Golf Day” on June 27th, from 9am-12pm. We are only taking 40 kids, and the first 40 spots are open to both boys and girls ages 9-16. A bus will be provided for transportation to and from the Tiger Woods Learning Center, and will leave at 8am from the Academy. Please have your child at the academy at 7:45am to depart on the bus by 8am. All kids need to wear a academy shirt or academy hat. Snacks will be provided at the Tiger Woods Center. Please download and sign the form and bring it in to the academy. Microsoft Word – Off-Site Release- Waiver.pdf

To sign up, please contact Kristen Aufdemberg at Kristen.Aufdemberg@mlb.com or Zee Aguilar at tempuya1@mlb.com

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Barons Season starts tomorrow! Special Announcement!

The Academy Barons Start tomorrow and we have a special announcement.

We are giving away free hats to the first 100 kids age 13 and under. 

Gates open at 5:30pm.

Game starts at 7pm.

Get here early for the best seats, free hats, and a great game!

The Barons Return

The Academy Barons season begins Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 7 p.m.  The following thirty-second video was produced to create interest in  the California Collegiate summer baseball league.  The Barons are sponsored by the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.  Please enjoy the video and come out and support the Barons this summer.



The Barons are Back!

The Academy Barons are back for their 2nd Season
and want you to join in on the fun!

As the Southwest Future All-Stars Series winds down (going into the 7th inning of the Championship Game) the Academy Barons have been warming up to take the field in their second season.

This year will feature some fresh faces as well as soon returning veterans.  Coach Hinshaw and GM Mike Frierson have done their homework to put what we hope is the best team in the California Collegiate League on the field. 

To add to the excitement, the Barons will be hosting some new events this year, highlighting the community and bringing the excitement of summer baseball back to the Academy.

In the next few days we will be making a lot of announcements about future game day events, but for right now we will focus on Opening Day.

Opening Day
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 7pm

The Academy Barons will host the Conejo Oaks at the Show Field of the Urban Youth Academy. 

We will also be honoring Compton Little League, after they just completed their first season in almost ten years.

The first 100 kids in attendance will receive a free raffle tickets to enter into the special prize raffles.

Also, show up early to get a chance to be an honorary Bat Boy and Bat Girl.

There will be in game activities and on the field contests.

As you can see, we have a lot of fun planned for the Barons’ season and all of this is just the beginning. 

Gates open at 5:30pm.  DON’T BE LATE!