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Baseball returns to NYSEG Stadium as Rumble Ponies host camp

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Rumble Ponies' annual baseball summer camp kicked off today highlighted by former Binghamton Met and Eastern League champion, Brian Burgamy.

"Normally we have the players do this, but Brian's been great," said Rumble Ponies Managing Director John Bayne. "It's been good to have that experience and that knowledge to be able to do the camp."

Now a minor league hitting coach, the canceled minor league season gave Burgamy the opportunity to return to the field he once won a championship on.

"I never stepped foot on the field until now," said Burgamy. "It was always fun to go back and think about that championship series and our season as a whole."

Camp looks different this year due to social distancing policies. Bayne said the number of kids allowed was reduced to be less than 50, and a number of safety measures were put in place.

"Having people wear masks, plenty of sanitizer obviously and trying our best to social distance," he said. "Baseball's easy to do that a little more than other sports."

Burgamy said day one of camp was a success.

"Things went really well," he said. "The kids looked like they had a great time, we got a lot of instruction done."

The camp is set up the same way as usual with stations for hitting, pitching and fielding. Burgamy said he's focusing on teaching fundamentals.

"The importance of seeing the ball, eyes on the ball. Hands, how you use your hands when you hit. And also timing. Timing and balance in your stance," he said.

During a time where kids may not be able to take part in their normal summer activities, Bayne and Burgamy are happy to provide an outlet.

"The world we live in now kind of threw everybody for a loop. It's good to have some kind of normalcy for these kids," said Burgamy.

"It's important for us to be the great community we have and get the kids out there and give them something to do this summer," said Bayne.

Camp runs through Thursday, August 13.

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