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All-star gives batting tips

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• Howick and Pakuranga Times

ONE of the United States’ best baseballers is in Auckland this week to host a clinic with Kiwi players.

Arizona Diamondbacks first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be the latest superstar to grace Eden Park this Thursday, as he puts potential New Zealand Diamondblacks through their paces.

This year was Goldschmidt’s third in the major leagues and a breakout season for the 26-year-old.

He finished with the most runs batted in (RBIs) and tied for the most home runs in the National League, earning the Hank Aaron Award for the league’s best batter.

He was voted to the National League all-star team for the first time and won a Gold Glove as the best fielder in his position.

“Having a player of Paul Goldschmidt’s calibre to host clinics for our young players is the biggest thing to happen in our sport for some time,” says Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn.

Goldschmidt will be joined by Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall and other front office personnel to discuss the growth of the sport in NZ with Baseball NZ directors.

“Not only is Paul one of the top 2-3 offensive players in the world, but Derrick and his team represent one of the most progressive and forward-thinking professional sports organisations in North America,” says Flynn.

Players aged six to 18 can register online for the autograph session and hitting talk at baseballnewzealand.com.




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