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Baseball showcase an opportunity to play on bigger stage
OF/SS earns spot in Hank Aaron Invitational
Published Saturday, July 20, 2019 10:54 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Justin Best of Cornelius is one of 250 youth baseball players invited to the Hank Aaron Invitational in Vero Beach, Florida July 20-25.

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Justin Best’s goal at the Hank Aaron Invitational is to play in a national baseball showcase.

Best, a 14-year-old outfielder and shortstop from Cornelius, is one of 250 amateur players to earn a spot at the invitation-only development camp July 20-25 in Vero Beach, Florida. The top 44 players will advance to the showcase game at SunTrust Park as part of the Atlanta Braves’ Hank Aaron Week.

“It’s a success if they pick me as one of the top guys to go to the showcase game at SunTrust Stadium and showcase our talents there,” Best said.

The invitational, sponsored by Major League Baseball, MLB Players Association and USA Baseball, aims to provide training for players age 13-18 to advance in the sport. Previous instructors included former MLB manager Jerry Manuel; Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. Marquis Grissom and Dave Winfield as well as All-Stars Delino DeShields and Eric Davis. Having Aaron, a former Negro Leagues star who is second on MLB’s career home run list with 755, on hand is an added inspiration.  

“It definitely hypes you up because Hank Aaron will be there watching us,” Best said. “I’ve got to play my best because … it kind of motivates me to do the best you can 100 percent because you never know who’s watching you.”

Best, who also plays on Team Elite U-14 National summer travel squad, is ranked among the top 1,000 youth players according to Perfect Game, a national rating service. His summer single-game bests are three hits as well as six runs batted in and a pair of home runs.

In addition to instruction at the invitational, presentations will be made on college eligibility and tips for advancement to the collegiate and professional levels of the sport. Selection to the development camp were made by the MLB Youth Academy Network, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program, the Buck O’Neil Scouts Association, active and former players.


I just wanted to say thank you y'all for inviting my son Marvin Dwyerjr he is having the time of his life playing baseball and fleeing like big league baseball player thank you again for this opportunity.
Posted on July 22, 2019

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