Numerous former Major League baseball players who live in the Valley, including several who live in the East Valley keep in touch with the game through their current jobs and as active members of the Arizona Major League Alumni Association. The AZMLA is a 26-year-old nonprofit organization that provides instruction to young baseball players and provides financial assistance to former players and their families who have fallen on hardships. Here, a group of alumni members meet at Major League Baseball’s Western Operations Office in Phoenix on Thursday. Pictured left to right: Phil Seibel, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Bobby Knoop, scout/special assistant with the Colorado Rockies, Del Unser, Major League scout with the Philadelphia Phillies, Lou Klimchock, President of Arizona Major League Alumni Association, Brian McNichol, former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Bob Zick, former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Laurel Prieb, Vice President of Major League Baseball’s Western Operations Ofice and Special Projects in Phoenix, Jim Umbarger, former Texas Rangers pitcher, Jason Totman, former San Diego Padres infielder and Jim Marshall, Pacific Rim scout for Arizona Diamondbacks and former manager of Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s. (Mike Sakal/Tribune)

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