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Chris Archer headlines MLB group visiting Fort Bragg

Posted January 31

Chris Archer, who played high school baseball in Clayton. now pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays.

— Before spring training starts, a group of current and former Major League Baseball players will visit Fort Bragg next week to train with troops.

The group will be on post Feb. 5-6 to meet with service members and their families, visit Fort Bragg’s middle school, conduct physical training, fire weapons with Army Special Operations and learn more about military operations and training.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the MLB and Fox Sports at Fort Bragg,” Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg spokesman, said in a statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the men who play America’s game to the warriors who protect our way of life and luxury of watching a game that so many love.”

The players include Clayton native Chris Archer, who pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Miami Marlins pitcher Mike Dunn. Former players Mark McLemore, Royce Clayton, Chris Hammond and Rex Hudler and broadcasters Bob Brenly, Davey Nelson and Jose Tolentino also are part of the group.

The visit will culminate with a Feb. 6 wiffle ball game between the MLB group and Fort Bragg service members. First pitch is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center, and the public is invited to attend.

This is the second year of the “Spring Training to the Troops” program. Last February, MLB players visited members of the military community stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany.

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