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RETURNING THE HOPE

MLB hopeful instilling same hope in area youth

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RETURNING THE HOPE

Ryan Fisher relayed some professional baseball instruction Saturday during his Advanced Hitting Camp at the MBSA facility.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED March 4, 2013 1:15 a.m.

For the kids it was all about getting better.

For Ryan Fisher it was all about giving back.

Fisher, an East Union alum and graduate of the University of California at Irvine, found time mere days before he flies across country to begin spring training with the Miami Marlins at the club’s Jupiter, FL facility. Fisher directed his Advanced Hitting Camp at the MBSA location to the pleasure of several area baseball hopefuls.

Instruction on basic approaches to hitting, drills to work on certain areas of hitting and a host of techniques and methods were funneled to the kids throughout the two-hour session.

Hitters were watched and reviewed by Fisher and MSBA head Greg Wilson to come up with an individual file on each participating player. The file will be used to direct the young players on certain drills and workouts that will be directly rooted in their particular needs.

The priceless information and the fact it is coming from one of Manteca’s own professional ball players, magnifies the impact Fisher has on the players.

“I grew up here in Manteca and I feel like I have gotten to this level and now I can give back to the Manteca community,” Fisher said. “I know when I was younger I didn’t really have professional players coming back to teach me how to go about hitting.

“If you have someone to look up to they can inspire you to work harder and go follow your dreams.”

Fisher is still in hot pursuit of his ultimate dream of playing in the big leagues. He will likely open the campaign at the double A level, yet has aspirations to make the climb to the big league roster before the end of the 2014 season.

Like each of the young players honing their craft with tactics used throughout each level of the game, Fisher is still putting in countless hours to assure the best chance of him reaching the major leagues. Fisher has not allowed his quest to play MLB take away from the simple realities of life, graduating from Irvine with a degree in engineering for other options.

Even with his degree in hand and the chase for yet another in the making, Fisher is standing firm on his pursuit of the one thing he has chased for the majority of his life.

“I am dedicated to baseball 100-percent until I’m done,” Fisher said. “Hopefully when I am done it is on my own terms and not the team’s. I’m working hard every day and I am ready to go.”

After working himself into a hitter at East Union, walking on and earning playing time and the respect of his UC Irvine program, Fisher is set for his most important push yet. His determination, his work ethic and his love for the game hasn’t changed since his EU days and the hope is someone in the camp will carry on the tradition.

“If you want to be good at the game of baseball you have to work at it,” Fisher said. “You have to practice; everybody thinks it’s easy and they think the guy is at the level he’s at just by waking up and playing baseball.

“Those guys have worked their whole life, putting in the work, and it will all pay off later on.”

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