Major League Baseball has taken Jerry Blevins all over the country but the Arcadia High School graduate will again spend the All-Star break near his roots when he hosts the second annual Jerry Blevins Baseball Camp on Tuesday at the Arcadia Park.
“It’s something Jerry wants to do. He loves the idea of giving back to the community he grew up in,” said Rob Ellis, Blevins’ brother who was a senior on Arcadia’s baseball team when Jerry began his high school career as a freshman pitcher.
A 6-foot-6 left-hander, Blevins is in his 10th Major League season and his third with the New York Mets. This season, the middle reliever has a 4-0 record with a 3.21 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.
Around 300 youths are expected to attend the camp, which is free and open to players ages 8 to 14. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on July 11; the camp begins at 6 p.m.
Helping Blevins and Ellis with the camp will be players and coaches from area high schools as well as the University of Findlay. Also on hand will be Findlay’s Connor Curlis, a left-handed pitcher who recently completed his second season at Ohio State where he led the Buckeyes’ staff in wins (5) and strikeouts (58).
The focus of the 25-station camp will be basics and fundamentals. But the theme of the camp will definitely be uplifting.
“What Jerry enjoys about it is getting kids out to the ball park and enjoying baseball,” Ellis said. “He gives every kid who wants one a signed ball. He sticks around for photos. It’s something he just loves to do.”