We love Jacksonville-related baseball stories. So, here’s a really neat story that has taken me entirely too long to write about. Former-MLB player Desi Relaford, currently a resident of our fair city of Jacksonville, has apparently been busy helping to build baseball academies in Africa.
The article and video from News4Jax explains most of what he’s been up to here. While the piece unfortunately fails to mention the name of the foundation supporting these efforts, it is great nonetheless to see a former major leaguer doing all he can to provide baseball opportunities for kids around the world. It is certainly true that sometimes all it takes is exposure to the game to get a kid hooked for life.
Desi has also been busy on the coaching front as he is currently the manager for the Inaugural Season of the Danville Otterbots of the Appalachian League, now a wood bat league featuring college students. (including Relaford’s son).
Hats off to you Desi Relaford! Thank you for your good works.