Jose Bautista Returning to Chipola College for Annual HR Derby

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MARIANNA—Dozens of former Chipola College baseball players—including Major League Homerun leader Jose Bautista—are expected to return to their alma mater Feb. 9 for the sixth annual Chipola Baseball Alumni event.

Saturday’s events begin at 10 a.m. with Chipola vs. Walters State. An Alumni Home Run Derby begins at 1 p.m. with an Alumni Game and Autograph session to follow. Admission is $5 to the Chipola game and Homerun Derby. There is also a $5 admission to the Autograph session.

A $100 a plate Pro Baseball Dinner and Auction is set for 6 p.m. at Citizens Lodge in Marianna. The dinner includes a social hour, barbecue dinner and auction. Country recording artist Billy Dean will perform a live concert beginning at 8 p.m.

MLB Homerun leader (2010 and 2011) Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays will be in attendance along with honorary Chipola alumnus Jeff Mathis of the Miami Marlins. Several other former players are expected to attend.

For information, contact Chipola Baseball coach Jeff Johnson at 850-718-2237 or email

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