|Coach Casey (far right) with the Curaçao Baseball Week coaching staff|
MEDFORD – Tufts University Baseball head coach John Casey spent Thanksgiving weekend in Curaçao volunteering as part of Baseball Week on the Caribbean island.
Coach Casey participated in Curaçao Baseball Week through his role as member of the Board of Directors for the International Sports Groups (ISG). He was a lead clinician at the event, running a coaches clinic on Saturday and then working a youth clinic on Monday.
Casey teamed up with several Major League Baseball coaches in Curaçao including Cleveland Indians infield coordinator Kai Correa, San Francisco Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens (the clinic founder) and Los Angeles Dodgers catching coordinator Ryan Sienko.
Joining Coach Casey and the other coaching staff members at the youth clinic were MLB players and Curaçao natives Didi Gregorius from the New York Yankees, Andrelton Simmons from the Los Angeles Angels. Jonathan Schoop of the Milwaukee Brewers, Ozzie Albies of the Atlanta Braves and Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers. MLB legend Andruw Jones was also there.
The Curaçao Baseball Week is organized with the purpose of bringing kids in Curaçao closer to their baseball legends. Among the activities were a meet and greet, autograph session, a softball tournament, a home run derby, clinics and photo opportunities.
Coach Casey was in Curaçao with former Jumbo Jamie Pinzino, a 1996 graduate whom Casey recruited and is currently the pitching coach at Army.