SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Former Yankees relief pitcher and four-time World Series Champion Jeff Nelson will host a pitching clinic at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s varsity field on Saturday, July 18.

The event is open to baseball players from grades 2-12, and will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Nelson will talk about his long and successful career and pitching strategy. The former Major Leaguer will interact with each camper (in groups separated by age) and provide pitching advice.

The $99 fee will cover registration, a souvenir t-shirt, autographed photo, and a chance to take a picture with Jeff Nelson. To maximize the value of the experience, participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.

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Money raised from this event will start a fund to help defray the cost of sending Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) 12U travel teams to the annual tournament in Cooperstown, NY, starting in 2016. 

"For our first event to raise money for future participation in the 12U tournament in Cooperstown, we wanted to put together a fun event and a valuable experience for participants," said SPFBL travel director Chris Bates. "Being able to offer a pitching clinic with a four-time World Series champion is a great opportunity for our young players."

Jeff Nelson pitched in 798 games with a 48-45 record, a 3.41 ERA, and 829 career strikeouts. He was exceptionally tough with runners in scoring position and two out, holding batters to a .191 average. In 55 post-season games -- second all-time behind former teammate Mariano Rivera -- he was 2-3 with 62 strikeouts and a 2.65 ERA in 54.1 innings. 

Nelson threw a devastating slider and a cut 90-MPH fastball from a three-quarters sidearm delivery. He was particularly effective against right-handed batters. Nelson was an All-Star in 2001 and is Seattle's all-time leader for most games pitched (432). 

For more information about the Jeff Nelson pitching clinic, email spfraidersbaseball@aol.com. Online registration will open soon.