Wow, this doesn’t exactly happen everyday …2014 MLB Cy Young awards go to two former Dallas Tigers Baseball Club Alumni!!! Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber have been awarded the 2014 NL & AL MLB Cy Young awards.
“Corey was a big strong kid who could hit and pitch. Very quiet and worked harder than anyone. Coming out of Coppell High School he was simply overlooked. He showed them!” said Tommy Hernandez, President of Dallas Tigers Baseball Club. ”Clayton was with us when other clubs in town didn’t wanted him. He was a very good first baseman with a great glove but believe it or not was undersized. Even when he was young, Clayton was a great teammate just as you perceive him now. Funny too that he could swing the bat a little. I introduced him to his long time/current pitching coach Skip Johnson. Happy for both boys. Hope all of our kids in the club can see that this could be them one day.”
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Dallas Tigers Godwin 12U present Team Dominican Republic 12U with a donation of baseball equipment
Pictured l-r: Alexi Carmona, Head Coach, Team Dominican Republic - Eugenio Baez, President of PONY Baseball Dominican Republic - Chris Godwin, Head Coach, Dallas Tigers Godwin & CEO of DK Baseball Academy, Julio Rivera, local Sponsor to Team DR
The Dallas Tigers Godwin 12U team played Team Dominican Republic at the "Chick Fil-A Texas vs. The World" Tournament, played at Oak Grove Park in Grapevine, Oct. 25-26. The Dominicans put up a valiant fight & played some great baseball, but lost to the Tigers 6-1. After the game, many handshakes, hugs & names were exchanged. There were also many photos taken to capture the memory, of what for many (if not all) of the boys on both teams, was their first real taste of "International" Baseball. Later that evening, the Dallas Tigers Godwin Team decided to gather up some of their used but serviceable baseball equipment, and donate it to Team Dominican Republic to use back home. Diamond Kings Baseball Academy donated a half dozen or more new baseball bats, still in the tubes. They asked what was in the tubes, not knowing that baseball bats came that way; they'd never seen new bats still in factory packaging. Many of the players donated used gear bags, bats, and quite a few gloves & mitts. Team DR was deeply appreciative at the Tigers team's generosity & thoughtfulness. And now, the Tigers Godwin team has a standing invitation to play in the Dominican Republic next summer!
Francisco Baez, catcher for Team Dominican Republic - 12U, with Chris Godwin, Head Coach for Dallas Tigers Godwin 12U, & CEO of Diamond Kings Baseball Academy. In a game the day before between the 2 teams, the catcher Francisco came over to the Tigers' dugout, and in his best broken English, asked if he could borrow a catcher's glove. He didn't have one. Our catcher for that game, Hudson Hefner #10, let him borrow his in a generous act of sportsmanship. At every inning half, the one would wait for the other to exchange the mitt, or simply leave it at home plate. How many of you old timers have ever done that before? That will surely make you count your blessings for what we & our kids have now, won't it?
Well Coach Godwin went back to Diamond Kings that evening, got a brand new Kelley catcher's glove for him. Here he is presenting it to Francisco so that he will have his own catcher's mitt to use back home in the Dominican Republic, courtesy of the Dallas Tigers 12u, Diamond Kings Baseball Academy and Kelley Athletics (and the entire baseball community in the USA).
4. Dallas Tigers (Coppell, TX)
Another organization that has earned four berths thus far is the Dallas Tigers. At the South Super Regionals, the 13u Tigers - Hernandez proved why they are one of the top ranked teams in the country. The team rolled through the highly talented field en route to the championship, where they defeated the Banditos Black to win a spot in the Super25. 15u Tigers - Woods and 16u Tigers - Arias both took home the North Texas Regional title for their age groups. However, the club wasn't satisfied yet as they earned another berth at last weekend's Super Regionals with an impressive performance by the 16u Tigers - Harvey. Since 2000, the Tigers have consistently produced top prospects including MLB stars Clayton Kershaw and Evan Gattis.
Two Dallas Tigers Alumni will square off on the mound today at Detroit Tigers Comerica Park. Drew VerHagen will make his Major League debut today against another former Dallas Tiger, Corey Kluber. What a day for the Dallas Tigers in the MLB!
Check out Drew’s video interview leading into today’s Major League debut. Click to play video.