Major League stars step up to benefit UYA – MLB.com

It’s the second straight year that Hunter has been a host, and he was pleased to share the responsibility with Matthews, a close friend and former teammate with the Angels.

Registration proceeds for the event and money raised from the silent auction will go toward supporting the Youth Academy through the non-profit MLB Youth Foundation.

“They do amazing things for boys and girls and coaching in baseball and softball and I love the fact that there’s also a career-development component to it,” Matthews Jr. said. “It’s just a really good program that MLB has.”

.@toriihunter48 has a message from Gary Matthews Jr.’s Celebrity Golf Invitational! pic.twitter.com/KtWl89ohlQ

— MLB Youth Academy (@MLBUYA) November 14, 2017

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado were on hand to do their part to help the next generation of baseball and softball players.

Hicks is revered by kids who come through the Compton Youth Academy, where his name is emblazoned above a Yankees logo on the left-field wall of the main field. He was one of the first Compton Academy alumni to be selected in the MLB Draft.

“To be a role model for other kids coming up through the Urban Youth Academy means a lot,” said Hicks, a first-round pick of the Twins in 2008. “You always want to be somebody that someone else can be proud of.”

MLB Youth Academy alumni, including Mets first baseman Dominic Smith, Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford and Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka, were recognized for their contributions to the Academy at a dinner reception following 18 holes of golf.

.@MLB players past and present at Gary Matthews Jr.’s Celebrity Golf Invitational! pic.twitter.com/TetUivfRvo

— MLB Youth Academy (@MLBUYA) November 13, 2017

Smith and Crawford both made their MLB debuts this season, and they played

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