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USPBL introduces bat dog, JJ The Field General, for 2018 season

Posted: 10:21 AM, May 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-12 21:03:48-04
USPBL introduces bat dog, JJ The Field General
USPBL introduces bat dog, JJ The Field General

The United Shore Professional Baseball League opens up the 2018 season on Friday night and fans inside Jimmy John's Field will see a VERY good boy helping out during the games.

JJ The Field General, will be the USPBL bat dog and will debut Friday night and perform during inning breaks.

The 1 1/2-year-old dog was born in Anderson, Calif. and lived there for eight weeks before moving to Lima, Ohio for 14 months of training. He was trained by the same trainer as Jake the Diamond Dog who has performed in baseball for 27 years.

“We’re excited to add JJ The Field General to our fantastic game presentation. I believe we will be one of the few teams in all of baseball to have our very own resident Bat Dog,” Owner and CEO Andy Appleby said in a release.

JJ the Field General will make appearances at special events throughout the year on top of his in-game duties.

Those duties include delivering the game ball to the pitcher, getting foul balls, taking water and towels to umpires, playing batboy and more.