ABOUT US

Our founder, Frank Frangie, grew up in an era of baseball that included some of the baseball greats like Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Rod Carew and many more. Back then, baseball was truly America's past-time with African American players representing over 25% of all major leaguers.

 

Today, baseball's African American representation in MLB is hovering around 7%. Efforts are being made by MLB, the MLBPA, and others to combat this decline but there is much work to be done. We believe our part in that work starts at the youth level, getting young people introduced and playing baseball within urban and underserved communities. 

We exist to provide all youth the opportunity to learn and play the sport of baseball. For youth that desire more than just an introduction, we strive to offer additional opportunities for development, experience, and exposure as they mature into adulthood. We hope that through baseball we can teach youth many life lessons and skills that prepare them for life. 

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OUR NEW PLACE

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How do We Plan to Increase Participation?

  • Increase support among youth baseball organizations to increase their capacity while reducing fees to participants

  • Develop and train coaches to deliver quality instruction and a good experience for both participants and parents

  • Continue our school clinics introducing youth to baseball, providing instruction and a free glove

  • Create more partnerships within the youth sports community to encourage participation and form new teams

  • Provide additional opportunities for middle and high school aged athletes to play and develop their skills

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Frank Frangie

Founder & President

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The Voice of the Jaguars, Frank is a livelong Jacksonville resident and member of the media for more than 35 years.

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Dr. Shane Silver

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Shane is a successful chiropractor who began his practice in Miami in 1997 before returning to his hometown of Jacksonville and beginning a practice here in 2005.

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Scott Wilson

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Wilson is a former city of Jacksonville councilman representing District 4. A 40-year resident of Jacksonville who moved here as a child, grew up in the city and voted into office in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.

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Tammie Talley

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The athletics director for all of Duval County middle and high school athletic programs.

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Jamie Shelton

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One of the most active leaders in Jacksonville, Shelton is the President of bestbet after serving as the Chief Financial Officer.