Don’t Blink Homerun Derby set for Jan. 4

The third annual Don’t Blink Homerun Derby, dubbed the Don’t Blink Charles Johnson Homerun Derby, is set for Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Montagu Beach. Lucius Fox and Todd Isaacs Jr., organizers of the event, made the announcement at a press conference held at REV TV headquarters on Robinson Road yesterday afternoon.

“It feels just like yesterday when we hosted our first press conference and now, we are going onto year three,” Isaacs said.

“We have grown tremendously over the past two years. We just continue to look forward to what we are going to do in a month’s time. Don’t Blink weekend is going to be special. We have a lot in store for you guys.”

The Bahamas has garnered a lot of attention from the Major League Baseball world in recent years and according to Isaacs a total of five more Bahamian players were added to the Minor League roster this past year.

There will be 30 hitters who will be broken into two teams – Team Fox and Team Isaacs.

The theme for this year’s event is Bahamas Strong – a tribute to the Bahamian people’s resilience in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

“We felt that this year was important to not just help our brothers and sisters that suffered from cancer on a daily basis but also to try and help the Hurricane Dorian victims as best as we can. This year we are breaking up the teams into supporting the Cancer Society of The Bahamas and the Sister Sister as one team, and Hurricane Relief as the other team,” Isaacs said.

The title sponsor for the event is REV/OURTV, who are proud to be associated with the event for the third straight year.

Alexia Coakley, media operations manager at OURTV, said yesterday that it’s good to partner with Isaacs and Fox.

“It’s a great privilege to partner once again with the exciting team to do this event,” Coakley said.

“We are three years in and we have been presenting the event on local TV in The Bahamas and we are able to broadcast it to The Bahamas and through social media to the world. It is a delight as always to see how the talents develop over the years. I always take every opportunity to say that OURTV was around when these guys were tee-ball players.”

Fox was grateful for REV/OURTV and the other sponsors.

“We are just thankful to REV for sticking with us and all the sponsors that been with us and even guys that came on board this year for allocating money for us. We try to do this every year but without you guys we cannot pull this off,” Fox said.

This is a big event that a lot of the professional baseball players have shown interest in being a part of.

“I can’t stress enough how much attention this event is getting and how much guys ask to come down to The Bahamas every day,” Fox said.

“We look forward to building this event bigger and better every year and we have a great show in store for you.”

Melissa Colebrook, marketing manager for REV, said the company backs Isaac’s and Fox’s initiative to support the community.

Some of the players from the major league that are expected to be participating are Bo Bichette, two-time defending champion (Blue Jays), Shed Long (Seattle Mariners), Jesus Luzardo (Oakland Athletics) and Nate Lowe (Tampa Bay Rays). Other professional players will be at the event.

Some of the local players that will be in the event in addition to Fox and Isaacs are Kristian Robinson (Arizona Diamondbacks), Keitron Moss (Texas Rangers), Warren Saunders (New York Mets), Everette Cooper (Houston Astros), D’Vaughn Knowles (New York Yankees), Zion Bannister (Rangers) and Dax Stubbs and James Rolle (Baltimore Orioles).

Team Isaacs won last year but Team Fox will be looking to stop them from repeating. The draft for the teams will be in the coming days.

There will also be a camp for children on Friday, January 3, at the Paradise Island Harbor.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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