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Young players flock to Old School Baseball Camp

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The Old School Baseball Camp at Oakmont High School is Rick Ramirez’s baby. That’s why it doesn’t cost a penny.

Ramirez, an assistant coach at Oakmont, grew up in Roseville, “and I never had to pay for a clinic. That’s just the way I was brought up.”

The weeklong camp drew 110 players from throughout Roseville and Granite Bay, Yuba City, Elk Grove and more.

“Kids from everywhere,” Ramirez said.

The players received four days of instruction, and guests included former San Francisco Giants pitcher Jim Barr and former San Francisco 49ers player and conditioning coach Dan Bunz.

Coaches from all Roseville high schools, Center, San Juan and Ponderosa evaluated talent and brought back 60 players for a doubleheader Friday. The camp MVP was to receive a $300 bat.

“There are so many clinics that are so expensive. A lot of kids can’t afford to go to clinics,” Ramirez said. “We’re just trying to give back to kids.”