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Baseball clinic welcomes Tyler Yates

Matthew Araki Matthew Araki
Tyler Yates Tyler Yates
Wade Yamasaki Wade Yamasaki

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - From little kids like 7-year old Matthew Araki, to 31-year old ones like Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and Kauai native Tyler Yates. Central Oahu Regional Park is packed for the third annual West Oahu baseball clinic.

"I want to learn how to hit better and catch better," said Araki.

Hundreds of Hawaii baseball players came out to learn the game from Yates and other professional players and coaches.

"If they can come away with one thing, something new they learned about the game of baseball, and build on that, eventually over the year's they'll be successful," said Yates.

Organizers hope participants can learn from, and relate to the players who came out of the Islands, just like Yates.

"Their experiences to me is the greatest part they can teach these kids, you know what they need to do and what they want to accomplish in baseball," said clinic coordinator and San Diego Padres trainer Wade Yamasaki.

It was a long road to the big leagues for Yates, but he finally made it, and he hopes he can inspire other of Hawaii's keiki to live their dreams.

"To come home and teach the kids what i've learned over the years, it's just giving back to the community," said Yates.

And Yates says he's taking full advantage of being back in the Islands, everyday he gets out in the water to surf, and everyday he takes advantage of the food.

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