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Robertson and Thornton hosting clinic for Center for Autism school

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 30, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We’ll finish off this unscheduled off day with information about Dave Robertson and Matt Thornton being generally good guys. They’re going to join a few players from the Rays — in town for this weekend’s series — to launch the 2014 Players Trust City Clinics program at the N.Y. Center for Autism Charter School in Harlem. Well done to all the guys involved. Here are the details from the MLBPA:

David RobertsonWHO: New York Yankees David Robertson and Matt Thornton to be joined by visiting Tampa Bay Rays players Desmond Jennings, James Loney and Sean Rodriguez; children from the N.Y. Center for Autism Charter School.

WHAT: The Players Trust’s City Clinics program is a grass-roots campaign developed by – and featuring the active participation of – current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball to under-served children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the country. In addition to Harlem, 2014 City Clinics will also be held in Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota and San Diego.

Children participating in these free clinics receive hands-on instruction from current and former pros in areas such as base running, pitching, hitting, throwing and fielding. During each session, City Clinics’ attendees also participate in a question and answer session with active Major Leaguers, and receive free t-shirts and autographs.

The Players Trust is a charitable foundation created by the players to help those in need. Through the Players Trust, active Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important issues affecting those in need and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. For additional information about the Players Trust, please visit Also, visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at Follow the Players Trust on Twitter: @MLBPlayersTrust

The New York Center for Autism Charter School is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to students profoundly affected by autism who live across the five boroughs of New York City. The school’s baseball program is one of several enrichment programs offered to students. This event, the culmination of a year’s worth of practice, gives each family the opportunity to experience the joy of watching their child play baseball – a rarity for parents of children with autism.

The City Clinics program is underwritten by Majestic Athletic, a division of VF Imagewear, Inc..

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM ET (Current players scheduled to arrive 11:45 AM)
(Please Note: The event is not open to the general public.)

WHERE: Harlem R.B.I. Baseball Field

Associated Press photo





81 Responses to “Robertson and Thornton hosting clinic for Center for Autism school”

  1. chicken_stanley April 30th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Chad, thanks for the post… As a parent of an autistic child, this really hits home.

  2. Tar April 30th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for posting that Chad. It’s fitting because today is the last day of April which is Autism Awareness month.

    1 in 68 US children (1 in 42 boys) now are diagnosed with Autism. Those are staggering, mind blowing ( at least for me ) numbers. Early intervention is critical. Thanks

  3. Tar April 30th, 2014 at 10:25 pm


    Not sure if you know, but like you…. I am also a parent of a child on the spectrum.

  4. chicken_stanley April 30th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Tar – did not know that… it’s challenging but oh so rewarding

  5. Tar April 30th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    yeah I wouldn’t trade him for anything or anybody. :D

    I guess we should talk baseball….hey how about Ichiro. I didn’t have much company this off-season being very pro ichiro. Most wanted to dump him for a bag of balls. I think in this role he’s perfect for the Yankees.

  6. chicken_stanley April 30th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Yeah – I was sort of non committal about Ichi this off season… But he seems to have gracefully accepted his role and still has some valuable tools to help the team. I really respect him and his commitment to be prepared

  7. chicken_stanley April 30th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I guess I oughta hit the sack… I’ve got an early meeting tomorrow with a higher up in the company to discuss my future… It looks like I’m being forced to come off the road and relocate… Interestingly enough, its not because I underperformed but because they think I can contribute more in the new position. If you don’t mind, send thoughts and positive vibes my way that I may be clever enough to prevent it.

  8. bbb51 April 30th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Chicken laid too many eggs? ;)

  9. BoJo April 30th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    For the record, I was also for keeping Ichi….

  10. austinmac April 30th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Tar and Chicken,

    Congrats to you both. There is nothing in life more rewarding than parenting.

  11. austinmac April 30th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Good luck Chicken. Great success.

  12. BoJo April 30th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Chicken….make sure to drink a fifth of vodka just before the meeting, and then throw up on the guy’s desk. That always worked for me.

  13. Against All Odds April 30th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Which one of the Pat’s is a Laker fan??

  14. Deal With It April 30th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Sup Super Chicken !

  15. Deal With It April 30th, 2014 at 11:41 pm


    Drink massive amounts of coffee b4 ur meeting, that way you can talk ‘em to death without them slippin in a word ! :lol:

    Good luck bro !

  16. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I wouldn’t have thought this earlier this year, but I am beginning to think the Yankees rteally should try to sign Max Scherzer this off-season, if still available.

    The way pitchers drop like flies, I am leery about whether Nova or Pineda will be healthy enough to contribute next year. I don’t think the Yankees now have enough pitching to go far this season…perhaps first round of play-offs (if they meet Detroit).

    So while Tank is still young, I would try to get Max as the ace #1 to lead team next year.

  17. BoJo May 1st, 2014 at 12:17 am

    BTW–for those not following this, Joba is startig to put it together in Detroit. 13.5 K/9, 2.9BB/9, several appearances in a row where he gave up no runs. Still has given up more hits than innings, but trending well. He has the 8th inning role sewn up, and looks like he might be on his way back to dominance.

  18. SweetSpot May 1st, 2014 at 12:46 am

    “looks like he might be on his way back to dominance.”

    4.82 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and 12 hits in 9 innings. Pretty funny.

  19. Deal With It May 1st, 2014 at 12:55 am

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    First the Cano signing going round and round cuz he is in town

    And now Joba ? ? ?

    As soon as the Joba we know and love (NOT !) implodes a few times his baseball career will go down the tubes faster than Drano.

  20. Deal With It May 1st, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Hey here is a thought ……….

    Joba can become the BP pitcher after he gets cut and no one signs him !

    Oh wait, he might get someone injured from lobbing to many ‘cookies’ in BP

    Bad idea, sorry

  21. Deal With It May 1st, 2014 at 1:12 am

    BTW, the Tigers have the second WORST bullpen in the AL with a combined 5.48 ERA and a BAA of .269

    Only Houston is worse

  22. yankinvegas May 1st, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I think that Nuno is the type of pitcher who is better as a starter and I expect him to do pretty well in that role. And I have always liked Phelps. You are not able to trade for anyone this early so hopefully the two of them will work out.
    When we can DL Pineda on Monday, bring back Anna and then bring up Aceves and drop Leroux.
    To me the lineup seems very unimposing. Maybe this will change once McCann starts hitting plus Sori and Tex get real hot.
    The real problem is that a team with championship aspirations can’t have Roberts and Jeter as the DP combo. There is absolutely nothing that can be done with SS, but I would like to see Solarte at second and platoon Johnson and Sizemore at third. Release Roberts if his play doesn’t drastically improve over the Ned couple of weeks and go that way.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock May 1st, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Bojo – thanks for the Joba update.
    Good to hear he’s starting to pitch well. Rooting for him! :)

  24. SweetSpot May 1st, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Well if you want to believe false information that’s up to you here is the reality is far as Job is concerned. A 4.82 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and 12 hits in 9 innings. Joba stunk when he was here and he still stinks.

  25. GregD May 1st, 2014 at 6:30 am

    good morning my Lohud friends……monsoons in this area……plenty of flooding in Pennsylvania….

  26. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 7:37 am


    Rained like cats and dogs where I am too.

  27. Poetkiosk May 1st, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Soaked here in NYC as well.

    Has stopped raining as of now, but still cloudy.

    I suppose we are fortunate to skip King Felix and hope Kuroda can get back on track.

  28. Poetkiosk May 1st, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Here’s a worrisome fact

    Since Aug. 17, 103 pitchers have worked at least 60 innings. Kuroda’s 6.07 ERA is the third worst and Sabathia’s 5.16 the seventh worst.

  29. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 7:47 am


    I think Kuroda’s problems are mechanical in nature so he should get it together soon.

    For example, he said his slider was not working as well as it should.

    The only other possibility to me is an injury of some type.

    Hope that is not the case.

    His velocity is fine.

  30. MTU May 1st, 2014 at 7:52 am


    Both true.

    That said, Sabathia is trying to re-invent himself and Kuroda was gassed the end of last

  31. Yankee Trader May 1st, 2014 at 8:35 am

    MTU and Poet

    Good morning

    From NY Post:

    CC Sabathia cannot avoid big innings, and Hiroki Kuroda has lost deception. Two of the better horses of recent vintage now appear starters with difficulty navigating lineups for a third time — perhaps a concession to age and workloads.

    That leaves Tanaka in the role of ace and bulldog, whether the downplaying Yankees want to acknowledge it or not. Tanaka has a 2.27 ERA. The rest of the rotation (even with Pineda’s 1.83) is 4.98. Yankees starters have recorded 29 outs after the sixth inning this year — 17 are by Tanaka. Tanaka is averaging just over seven innings a start, the rest of the rotation, just under 5²/? .

  32. austinmac May 1st, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Since pitchers aren’t to be had, we will just have to hope for the best. Kuroda needs to get his off speed stuff working. That would seem more mechanical than physical. His success is an absolute must.

  33. austinmac May 1st, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Banuelos has still been limited to three innings. Is there a plan to increase that or are they doing to him what they did to Campos? He will not help the rotation this year if that is the plan.

  34. Yankee Trader May 1st, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Good morning Mac

    Sabathia has allowed 4 runs in an inning 3 times already, 3 runs once.

    He used to be able to control damage.

    He’s the one who looks gassed by the time he gets into the 4th or 5th inning.

  35. Yankee Trader May 1st, 2014 at 8:55 am


    In 6 starts, 5 with Tampa he has pitched a total of 15.2 innings. Is that correct?

  36. Yankee Trader May 1st, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Banuelos stats

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