February 2 - The magazine has partnered with Crozier’s Five-Tool Baseball Academy and will co-host the 2018 MLB Draft Party for area hopefuls and baseball fans on the eve of Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft in June.
Held at the Tyson’s Playground home of Eric Crozier’s academy, the draft party will take place beginning at 4 p.m. on June 3 and will include a live webcast show with interviews of high school and collegiate natives of Northern Virginia hoping to be selected when the draft begins the following day. The event will also include interviews with former Major League players and area scouts, as well as entertainment and refreshments for those in attendance.
At least one area player has been selected among the first three rounds in each of the past four years, and Stone Bridge High School graduate J.B. Bukauskas last year became the highest local player selected since 2005 when the Houston Astros selected the right-hander with the 15th overall pick out of the University of North Carolina. In total, 11 area players were selected in last year’s draft.
Crozier, a native of Ohio, played at Norfolk State University before an 11-year professional career that included a stint with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004. He settled in Northern Virginia after retiring in 2010, and is currently the head coach at Potomac School and the East Coast Director of the D-Bat Elite travel and showcase program.
Photo of Eric Crozier by Josh Belanger