FAIRFIELD — Professional baseball is heading to Fairfield, at least for a day.
The San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association – a league that features teams in California and Hawaii – are holding a public tryout Saturday at Laurel Creek Park’s Yarbough Field.
The tryouts begin at 8 a.m. and will include running, defensive drills, batting practice and a live game for pitchers to showcase their talents.
Brad Hanson, president of the Fairfield Expos Baseball Association, which oversees the operations of the ballpark, said the tryout hopefully will be the beginning of a solid relationship with the Pacifics and with the league.
“I got to know (manager/vice president of baseball operations) Mike Marshall from the Pacifics,” Hanson said. “He wants to play some games in Laurel Creek Park.”
A press release from the Pacifics says Marshall will conduct the tryout Saturday and that scouts from the Baltimore orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks should be there.
The Pacifics are looking to fill a number of spots at all positions on the roster for the 2013 season.
Last year’s tryout landed Fairfield High graduate Johnny Woodard a spot on the roster and an All-Star selection.
Woodard, a first baseman and third-round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2003, hit .275 for the Pacifics last season with team highs of 41 runs scored, 10 home runs and 20 doubles.
“Johnny’s a great kid,” Hanson said. “I just saw him, he’s gonna do a few things with the (Expos) as well and be part of the (upcoming) alumni game.”
Hanson said FEBA will work with the Pacifics to stage the tryout, and he hopes to host a few games this summer when the Expos aren’t playing at home.
“It would be kind of cool to have them play over here,” he said adding that it could be a series against a Hawaii team. “If they play a six-game series, they’ll be here several days, which means they’d stay at a (local) hotel, so it’s a way to also bring more business to the city of Fairfield.”
The tryout is limited to the first 80 players to sign up, and it’s open to those who have exhausted their amateur eligibility and have previous pro or college experience, according to the press release.
For registration cost and other details visit www.pacificsbaseball.com.
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