Are You Ready To Go The Distance Today?


UPDATE: Rain has pushed back the start time of the Derby For Distance event to 11:00 a.m. The current forecast model is calling for some light showers until 11 a.m., whereupon the rain will clear. Participants are advised to check the Hotline (416-392-1914) and our Twitter feed (also available in our sidebar) for the latest updates from Christie Pits concerning the status of the Derby for Distance event.

It’s Derby For Distance Day today!

Your opportunity to go for the distance has arriveth!

The Toronto Playgrounds Baseball Committee is proud to present its first annual DERBY FOR DISTANCE fundraiser.

Have you ever wanted to try your luck against the pitching machine? We know you’re curious, so now is your chance!

Family, Friends, Coaches and Players of all ages are invited to join us today (Saturday, September 22), from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dominico Field at Christie Pits (a.k.a. Diamond 1).

Our goal is to have fun while raising funds for new equipment, benefitting our house league baseball operations in upcoming seasons.

Participants will be able to bat against the machine at 35, 50, 65 and 80 M.P.H.! Batters will be grouped by age for the points contest… Under 10, 11-16 and 17+… plus a special category for Coaches!

Pitches will be priced as follows:

  • $10 for 10 pitches
  • $15 for 20 pitches
  • $20 for 30 pitches

Each batter will have the opportunity to hit ten pitches per at-bat.

Events Include:

  • Competition for most batting points based on distance
  • Contest for the participant with the best sports-related costume… and we encourage you to think outside the batters box!

Here are some of the great prizes that will be up for grabs:

  • Hand crafted baseball bats from Garrison Creek Bat Company
  • Gift certificates from Wild Wing on College Street
  • Toronto Argonauts Tickets
  • Music CDs from Warner Music

Please RSVP your interest to or contact us for more information, and to secure your order in the batting lineup.

We also still need volunteers for the day! Drop us a line if you’re interested!

Wild Wing on College are handling the food concession in exchange for prizes and a free hotdog or sandwich + drink for all volunteers.

The rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, September 23.

Great prizes! Yummy snacks! Bring your bowler hat and bravado and we’ll see you at the derby on today!