American Baseball Foundation

Annual Lead Off Dinner February 6, 2014

roger clemens biomechanical evaluation

Roger Clemens executes biomechanical evaluation at ASMI

The American Baseball Foundation Inc. was very pleased to have former MLB pitching great, Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young award winner (best pitcher in the league), as the featured speaker for its 13th annual event slated for February 6, 2014 at The Club. The event, that benefits ABF programs for under-served children, attracts an average of 400 business leaders and their families who enjoy:

Motivational words of nationally recognized stars, free autographed photo by Roger Clemens, MLB signers’ corner in which former stars sign free photos of themselves,  silent auction offering memorabilia of sports greats such as Derek Jeter, live auctions, free raffles of signed sports items, client entertainment.

Corporations that donate tables and/or tickets may choose to return the seats and the ABF will fill them with the children from our reading/sports enrichment programs.



Individual Tickets: $150.00/ticket


Gold Medal Sponsor: $1200.00 – Table of Eight (8)

  • Reserved table for eight in priority seating area.
  • Recognition in dinner program.
  • Two invitations to VIP cocktail party.

For information regarding sponsorship and tickets for the Friday, January 25th, 2013 event, contact David Osinski 205-558-4235; email:

2013 Featured Guest: Craig Kimbrel

Atlanta Braves pitching star Craig Kimbrel, was the featured speaker at the January 25th, 2013 ABF Lead Off Dinner held at The Club in Birmingham, AL.

Craig Micheal Kimbrel (born May 28, 1988, in Huntsville, Alabama) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. Breaking the record for saves by a rookie in the 2011 season, Kimbrel was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award for the National League.



Kimbrel was drafted by the Braves in the 33rd round of the 2007 draft, but elected to remain at Wallace State Community College in order to improve his draft position. He was then taken by the Braves in the third round of the 2008 draft, and was the 96th player chosen.
Kimbrel uses a devastating four-seam fastball/power curveball combination to get outs. He throws his fastball exceptionally hard, averaging nearly 97 mph in 2011 and occasionally touching triple digits. His curve, thrown with a “spike” grip, stays in the mid-to-upper 80s. Both of his pitches have extraordinary whiff rates: the four-seamer at 33% and the curve at 52%. This overwhelming combination contributes to a strikeouts per nine innings rate of 15.6 over Kimbrel’s career so far (as of 25 August 2012). He is also tied for fourth among all pitchers from 2002–2012 in the highest percentage of pitches that resulted in swinging strikes.
Kimbrel ended the season tied for the National League lead with 46 saves — shattering the previous rookie record of 40, set by (former Braves prospect) Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers in 2010 — and led the Major Leagues with 127 strikeouts in 77 innings of relief.