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Baseball tryouts Saturday for military all-star team

WASHINGTON – Nothing says America more than a friendly game of baseball in the summer … except maybe a baseball team filled with military personnel saluting the American flag. Organizers with the U.S. Military All-Stars team are again looking for servicemembers and veterans to help fill their baseball squad for exhibition games throughout the summer. Tryouts start Saturday at San Diego State University in California at 10 am.

The team, which has been playing since 1990, holds exhibitions throughout the summer against college and professional teams across the country and overseas. Manager Terry Allvord, a retired Navy lieutenant commander, said last year the team had about 150 military members, most playing for a few weeks at a time during breaks in their service.

The team has helped several veterans advance their dreams of playing in the big leagues. In 2007, team member Jonathan Johnston was selected in the 42nd round of Major League Baseball annual draft by the Oakland A’s. In 2008, Karl Bolt was selected in the 15th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Organizers are asking for players with college or semi-professional experience to attend the tryout, or two others scheduled at the Murphy Canyon Complex in San Diego on March 5 and the Philadelphia Phillies training site in Clearwater, Fla., on March 19. The team is also open to first responders as well.

For more information, visit the team’s web site.

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