2-day skills clinic with Cardinals’ Stubby Clapp held in Marion

MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - A two-day skills clinic with St. Louis Cardinals first base coach and former MLB player Stubby Clapp was held in Marion, Illinois this weekend.

The SI Elite coaching staff and Thrillbillies baseball announced the clinic, which was held November 11 through Nov. 12 at Mtn Dew Park for kids ages 8 through 17.

Clapp shared many tips and worked with young athletes of various ages at a training camp. The clinic covered all things baseball including hitting, fielding and base running.

Clinic goers also trained with Thrillbillies Head Coach Ralph Santana and hitting coach Bobby Simpson.

There were around 100 kids from the age of eight to seventeen at the camp learning the ins and outs of the sport.

Clapp said it felt great to be in Marion and that it was a beautiful place to play ball.

“Showed me around the city, what a beautiful place to come play. Very impressive stadium, especially for a college summer league,” said Clapp. “This is a beautiful place to come watch a baseball game.”

Clapp and Coach Santana hope to do this again next year, and find a way to allow more young players join.

Amber Ruch

Amber has worked at KFVS for eight years.