Reds Legends camp today

When the 20th annual Reds Legends Youth Baseball Clinic kicks off today at 9:30 a.m. at Patriot Field, Mayor Joe Matthews will be in attendance to present camp director Mike Wagner with a proclamation recognizing 20 years of work in the community.

Wagner, who founded the camp in 1994, is honored by the mayor’s gesture.

“It’s not that I need a pat on the back or anything, but it’s really nice when somebody recognizes that your work is important,” Wagner said. “It’s a wonderful thing and I’m really proud.”

The 2013 edition of the clinic will certainly be a special one, as Wagner said there will be a banner, DVD and yearbook commemorating 20 successful years.

“It’s a nice thing,” Wagner said. “It will kind of look back at all 20 years of the event.

“It’s a special year for me and my family. We’ve put a lot of work into this.”

Also, a pair of recognizable faces will highlight the camp this summer, starting today with former second baseman Brett Boone.

Boone will work with middle infielders, while Don Gullett and Leo Cardenas will assist in pitching and hitting, respectively.

“(Boone) is a gold glove second baseman,” Wagner praised.

“He will utilize his defensive skills with the middle infielders.”

Boone departs Thursday and will be replaced by former outfielder Eric Davis, who will be a hitting instructor.

Also, former utility players Herm Winningham and Todd Benzinger are expected to arrive Thursday or Friday and offer assistance in a variety of areas.

Overall, around 125 to 130 kids are expected to participate, which is near the yearly average.

Weather-wise, the rain is expected to stay away, but as usual, baseball will be played rain or shine.

“I’m just anticipating another great year of having fun and learning,” Wagner said.