Canseco, Home Run Derby Coming to Gastonia

PRESS RELEASE – Former American League MVP, Jose Canseco will hitting in the first annual ASP Nation Home Run Derby at Sims Legion Park on March 19th. Jeff Hall of East Coast Athletics and the Gastonia Grizzlies have teamed up to host the event which will give fans the opportunity to participate in the derby with the finalists hitting after Jose Canseco.

The festivities will include a hitting demonstration between Jeff Hall and Jose Canseco, a VIP meet and greet with Canseco, and a speech and question and answer session with the former MVP. The Home Run Derby will begin at noon, followed by the semifinals and Canseco and Hall’s hitting exhibition taking place at 7:00. Immediately following the demonstration will conclude the finals and speech from Canseco.

The Home Run Derby is limited to the first 100 people who register and includes 10 swings on the field, and a signed baseball from Jose Canseco. The cost is $20 and you can register All hitters must be 16 years or older.

VIP tickets will be available that include an hour meet and greet session with Canseco and All You Can Eat Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda and Beer for the duration of the event. The VIP section will also be limited to first 100 fans that purchase tickets. Tickets are $40 for VIP and $50 to receive VIP and hit in the Derby.

General Admission tickets will also be available for the event and are $10. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Field of Dreams Foundation, non-profit that provides baseball instruction and equipment to kids throughout Gaston County.

All tickets can be purchased at

“We couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Jeff Hall to host this event,” said Grizzlies Managing Partner and General Manager Jesse Cole. “Jose is one of the biggest names in baseball and I can’t wait to see the show he and Jeff will put on at Sims Park.”

Following the Saturday event Jose Canseco will offer an instructional day camp with Jeff Hall at East Coast Athletics and more information will be announced soon.

In Canseco’s career he was a six time All-Star, two time World Champion, Rookie of the Year in Comeback Player of the Year and American League MVP while playing for the Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago White Sox.

The Gastonia Grizzlies are a member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 39 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at

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