John Smoltz is a baseball hall of famer with an incredible baseball career under his belt. John was in Lansing on Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the John Smoltz Strikeout Baseball Stadium at Ferris Park.

And because John Smoltz made a career out of professional baseball, John's mission statement is to help children develop healthy baseball habits.

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According to the Lansing State Journal:

That helped Smoltz develop many attributes that would help the Waverly High School graduate eventually become a Cy Young winner, World Series champion and Hall of Famer.

I've watched John Smoltz pitch many times over his impressive MLB career and I can say that he's earned every accolade and well deserved.

What makes him such a great person is the fact that he wants to give back to our community with the John Smoltz Strikeout Baseball Stadium.

Here's what John Smoltz had to say in an article from the Lansing State Journal:

“My whole career was in a baseball uniform and it gave me a platform,” Smoltz said. “But my career started here in Lansing against a brick wall and a rubber ball. It was there that I dreamed to be a Major League Baseball player that probably, statistically, had less than a 1% chance to make it. But I was given that opportunity by my dad and my family."

This new Strikeout Baseball Stadium is already getting a lot of buzz. So many young baseball players are looking forward to learning new baseball skills from this new Lansing area facility.

What is Strikeout Baseball? LSJ has the answer:

The stadium will be a miniature baseball field on the northeast corner of Ferris Park, somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 square feet. It’ll be located next to Beacon Field, which is the miniature soccer field at the park. Because of the size, you don’t need nine people in the field to play defense. Players can play with anywhere from 2-10 players while simulating the experience of pitching, hitting and fielding in a baseball environment.

Construction will begin on July 13 and it should be completed by mid September.

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