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CHAD BENTZ JOINS MIDNIGHT SUNS BASEBALL

JUNEAU, Alaska (9/24/2014) – Midnight Suns Baseball is pleased to announce that former MLB pitcher and Juneau’s own Chad Bentz has joined their coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Bentz started out his baseball career playing for Gastineau Channel Little League teams in the late 1980’s and into the 90’s. He attended Juneau Douglas High School where he was a star for the Crimson Bears baseball and football teams before graduating in 1999. He was Alaska’s Gatorade Player of the Year for baseball in 1999.

Bentz then attended college for 2 years where he pitched for national powerhouse Long Beach State. He also pitched for the Anchorage Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League for 2 summers (1999-2000). In 2001, he was drafted in the 7th round by the Montreal Expos and made history on April 7, 2004 by becoming only the second pitcher, after Jim Abbott, to play in the Major Leagues after being born without one of his hands.

Along with his pitching abilities, Bentz was also impressive as a hitter, with a .500 batting average for his MLB career. Bentz is one of only three players raised in Alaska to ever play in the “show”. He is also the only Alaskan to ever get a hit in the MLB. Not bad for a boy who overcame many obstacles he has faced in his life, both geographical and physical.

Bentz played professionally for the Montreal Expos (2004) and the Florida Marlins (2005). After his MLB career, Bentz went back to college at Castleton State College in Vermont where he earned his teaching degree in physical education. After living in Vermont for several years, Chad and his wife Christie and daughter Kyla have recently moved to Juneau.

“I’m very happy to return back to Juneau with my family. This is where my dream to one day be a professional baseball player started,” Bentz said. “I’m really excited about joining the Midnight Suns Baseball program and coaching kids from my hometown,” he said. “My philosophy is to teach young players how to play the right way, along with the proper mechanics. I want to help motivate players to reach their goals of playing at the next level, from high school to college to even playing in the major leagues like I did. I believe that with hard work and determination, these players can do anything they set their minds to. I’m a perfect example of this and I hope to be able to inspire some kids.”

Bentz and Midnight Suns Baseball begin practicing at the Dimond Park Field House on October 2nd.

2014-2015 PLAYER REGISTRATION 
Sunday, September 28th
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Riverbend Elementary School
Player Registration Fee: $200
Player Helmet Fee: $25 
 
Midnight Suns Baseball will be accepting player registrations at the above mentioned date and time.  Complete the registration form (see below) and bring a check made payable to Midnight Suns Baseball.  Players of ages 8-18 are welcome to join.  Interested players must be at least 8 years old as of April 30, 2015.  Practices schedules can be found on the 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U web pages.  
 
If unable to attend, you can include the registration form and payment in a sealed envelope with the player's name and drop it off at the Suns Baseball drop box in the lobby at the Dimond Park Field House.  
 
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2014 PRACTICE SCHEDULES
10U Practice Schedule (ages 8-10)
 
12U Practice Schedule (ages 10-12)
 
14U Practice Schedule (ages 13-14)
 
18U Practice Schedule (High School)
 
 
Players ages as of April 30, 2015.  10 year olds will be placed either in the 10U or 12U group based on the player's ability.
ABOUT THE MIDNIGHT SUNS BASEBALL CLUB
The Midnight Suns Baseball Club is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for our youth in Juneau to build character and develop life skills while learning how to play America’s favorite past time - baseball.
  We focus on developing fundamental baseball skills, the importance of teamwork, and teach them how dedication, commitment and a strong work ethic can help them accomplish any goals they set for themselves, both on and off the field.

The Midnight Suns Baseball Club offers a winter skills development program for players from age 8-18.  The program is from October through March leading right up to the Gastineau Channel Little League and high school baseball seasons.  MSBC also hosts a winter clinic, including pitching, fielding and hitting, that is conducted by guest coaches with college, minor league and major league baseball experience.

MSBC also offers to those selected for the 18U, 14U and 12U teams the opportunity to travel out of state. In the past, the 18U team has traveled to California and Arizona in the fall and spring while the 14U team has traveled to Arizona during Spring Break and the 12U team has traveled to Washington State during Labor Day weekend.  MSBC's biggest accomplishment in 2013 was bringing back American Legion Baseball to Juneau after a 12 year absence.  The Juneau Post 25 team finished in 2nd place out of 12 teams with an impressive 22-9 record and placed 3rd in the Alaska Legion state tournament. MSBC looks to continue this great Juneau tradition by providing our youth opportunities to play competitive baseball during the summer.  For more information about the Post 25 team, go to www.post25baseball.org.

The Midnight Suns Baseball Club is funded through a variety of sources that includes pull-tab gaming revenues, player fees, donations, fundraisers and is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.

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