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Friday, April 11, 2014

Miguel Cabrera's ProCamp returns to Lake Orion HS in August

Miguel Cabrera speaks to the participants at his first-ever ProCamp at Lake Orion High School in August 2013. The event drew a one-day record of 365 participants for a baseball event hosted by ProCamps Worldwide. This year's event is set for Aug. 1. (The Oakland Press file photo/TIM THOMPSON)

Last year’s camp was an unqualified success, drawing 365 kids from suburban Detroit to Lake Orion High School.

So Miguel Cabrera will do it again.

The Detroit Tigers slugger, the two-time defending American League Most Valuable Player, will host his ProCamp in Lake Orion on Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cabrera will be on hand, along with area high school and college coaches, who help teach baseball fundamentals.

Usually, the one-day baseball sessions conducted ProCamps Worldwide have 100-150 participants, but Cabrera’s initial offering last year drew more than twice as many, a record for a one-day baseball event held by the company. (Buster Posey’s drew the same number last year. Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce does a two-day camp that drew 400, while some of the basketball and football camps draw 500 or 600.)

The wait list of 260 people was the largest they'd ever had, too.

“Our community is a baseball hotbed,” said Lake Orion athletic director Bill Reiss, who agreed to the request to host the camp, later having to turn down a Ndamukong Suh camp for the same day. “It seemed like a natural fit.”

The event, open to boys and girls in first through eighth grades, costs $199, which includes a team photo with Cabrera, as well as an autograph. It’s $159, if you use a Citi card, and you can get $10 off by registering online using the “Oakland Press” promotional code.

For more on last year’s event, CLICK HERE.

For more information on this year’s event, CLICK HERE.


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