SKYLAND – Fifteen years after leading Roberson to a state championship, Chris Narveson is still pitching at baseball’s highest level.
So of course, the 33-year-old left-hander with the Miami Marlins organization is honored to give back to the high school program that helped mold him.
Narveson is among the former players who will take part Saturday in the first-ever Roberson Baseball “Legends” home run derby and alumni game.
“It’s cool to see that the tradition remains so strong,” Narveson said.
“A lot of the former players have an interest in coming back and giving back. I know even with our class (2000), a lot of guys would love to be there but it’s just a matter of scheduling. I’m looking forward to seeing the excitement and seeing a lot of people in the area.”
Tickets for Saturday’s event are $10 and children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Gates to Holmes-Smith Field will open at 12:30 p.m., and the order of events is as follows – batting practice for alumni (12:45 to 1:45 p.m.), home run derby (2 to 3 p.m.) and a seven-inning alumni game pitting odd vs. even years (3:45 p.m.
Saturday’s proceeds will help fund the Rams’ 2016 spring break trip to the IMG Classic tournament in Bradenton, Fla., field improvements and the school’s Progressive Education Program.
Barbeque and hot dog plates will be available for purchase.
Narveson, Braxton Davidson (Class of 2014), Alex Ledford (2011), Bo Dickerson (2000), Aaron Wright (2011), Matt Wright (1999), Chris Price (2002) and Ryan Radford (2002) are the home-run derby participants.
Narveson was 3-1 overall with a 4.45 earned-run average and 32 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched for the Marlins (71-91) this past season. He has been in MLB since 2006 and previously played for Milwaukee and St. Louis. He was a second-round draft pick (53rd overall) out of high school.
Narveson was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month but believes he can still pitch at the major-league level in 2016.
“There’s still an opportunity there with Miami and we’re talking with them,” Narveson said.
“They needed to make sure they had spots (on the 40-man roster) for guys they were trying to protect and we’ll see if something works out. I’ve enjoyed my team with Miami and obviously we’ll check out all our options. It’s never a bad thing to be a free agent in this game and I feel good about the way the season finished up.”
More on this story to come….