The Cleburne Railroaders and former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Jeffcoat will hold a one-day fall camp on Oct. 19 at The Depot.
After an MLB playing career and college coaching career, Jeffcoat recently concluded his first year as the Railroaders’ pitching coach, helping Cleburne to its best season statistically on the mound.
The Railroaders fall camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for boys and girls ages 6-16.
In addition to Jeffcoat heading up the camp, Cleburne manager Brent Clevlen will also be on hand to help give instruction along with a couple of Railroaders’ players.
“Not only did Mike play 10 years in the big leagues, but he’s got over 500 wins as a collegiate coach,” Railroaders President and Co-Owner John Junker said. “He’s really good working with kids and developing kids in the game of baseball. This camp will give kids an opportunity to learn from several guys that have been there and done it at a high level.”
Jeffcoat pitched in MLB for 10 years, including six seasons with the Texas Rangers. He also pitched for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins. After his playing career, Jeffcoat coached at the collegiate level where he won more than 500 games.
Throughout his baseball career, Jeffcoat has put on a number of camps, and he said he’s excited to work with young baseball players in Johnson County.
“I live here in the area now; my wife and I built a house east of Godley, so I feel like Cleburne is my back yard now,” Jeffcoat said. “I’m enjoying coaching for the Railroaders. I wanted to give back to the community and help the boys and girls of this area to get involved with baseball or softball and encourage them as best I can.
“This is the first baseball camp I’ve put on for the Railroaders but I’ve been doing camps for many, many years. I’ve done them for the last 20 years or so. The fall in Texas is a great time to work on your baseball skills. It’s normally beautiful weather in October and it’s a good time for boys and girls to improve their skills, so that’s why we decided to do a fall camp.”
Jeffcoat said the camp will cover basic fundamentals such as hitting, pitching, outfield and infield drills, as well as base running.
Getting the chance to join an organization like the Railroaders was a longtime goal for Jeffcoat.
“I really enjoyed my first season with the Railroaders,” Jeffcoat said. “I love coaching at this level of baseball. It’s so much different than the college level, getting to play night after night on a 100-game schedule. Coaching at the professional level is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
The cost for the camp is $60 per camper, with a sibling discount of $30. To register, or for more information, call 817-945-8705.