Former Wayne State University baseball standout student-athlete Anthony Bass returned to campus on Saturday for his Fifth Annual Pitching Camp. Over 100 camp participants received expert pitching instruction inside the Matthaei and Multipurpose Indoor Facility. In addition, current Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker and Oakland A's starter Jharel Cotton were the featured guest instructors The campers also were able to receive autographs from all three professionals.
The former Warrior standout speaking with campers at his pitching camp on Jan. 14th.
"I'm very grateful to everyone who made this camp a success," said Bass. "I hope the campers learned a great deal and will use the knowledge they obtained to take their game to the next level. It's easy for me to want to come back to Wayne State for the past five years and teach the aspiring athletes because I was once in their shoes. I know that with proper training and a desire to want to be the best, becoming a MLB player can become a reality."
Bass pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2011-2013. He spent the 2014 season with the Houston Astros, pitched for the Texas Rangers in 2015 before playing this past season in Japan with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was a integral part of the Fighters winning the Japan Series championship for the first time since 2006. He was named Outstanding Player in the Nippon Championship Series earning three wins without giving up a run. Bass appeared in 37 games, making 14 starts for the Fighters and won eight games, while posting a 3.65 ERA and striking out 71 batters in 103 and 2/3 innings.
Head baseball coach Ryan Kelley welcomes the over 100 campers at the beginning of the clinic.
"It has been impressive to witness the baseball and professional maturation of Anthony Bass from his high school tenure through his current playing status," said head baseball coach Ryan Kelley. "Even though he has continued to strive on the mound into the professional ranks he has never wavered in his team first mentality, leadership and willingness to support the next generation of baseball players. He is passionate about Wayne State University, the Metro-Detroit area and to provide outstanding educational experiences for aspiring baseball players. This camp featured several pitching educational stations, but through Anthony's leadership we were also able to help honor the memory of Officer Rose via the game of baseball."
From L to R: Head Coach Ryan Kelley, Nicole Salgot, Officer Patrick Hammill, Matt Shoemaker, Jharel Cotton and Anthony Bass. A portion of camp funds ($1,000) were distributed in memory of Officer Collin Rose in support of the Wayne State University Police Department.