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Reports are coming in about how some of the players are spending their off-season.

We turn first to the guys who are passing along knowledge to younger players in hopes of helping them have a better understanding of the sport.

Paul Lo Duca is back at his alma mater, Arizona State University dispensing wisdom to all the young talent.

The Brooklyn Paulie's Baseball and Softball Camp 2005 will be held Saturday and Sunday at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, 35th Avenue and Happy Valley Road.

Paul Lo Duca of the Florida Marlins and Chris Duffy of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be among the instructors.

Lo Duca is not the only Marlin on the baseball clinic circuit.  Josh Wilson, Pittsburgh, PA native, will be at Duquesne University lending a helping hand.

On Wednesday Dec. 28 and Thursday, Dec. 29 from 9:00 am - Noon and 12:30 - 3:30 there will be Holiday Camps which provide in-depth instruction in the areas of pitching/catching, hitting and defense/base running. Local players Neil Walker and Dan Schwartzbauer of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as well as Major League infielder Josh Wilson of the Florida Marlins will be assisting.

December 28 in Pittsburgh?!?  I have been to Pittsburgh in the winter and playing baseball didn't come to mind - trying not to freeze to death did, however.

Jeff Conine is putting his restaurant on the map with the NASCAR crowd by hosting an event in Hollywood.

"All-Star Welcome to Ford Championship Week,'' with Marlins' outfielder Jeff Conine. During the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conine's Clubhouse Grille in Hollywood, fans can view the Nextel Cup and win two tickets to the Ford 400.

And finally, it seems that some of the team have been a guest for a birthday party for one of the New Orleans Saints. Did I say birthday party? I meant birthday bash.

Several of the players flew to Miami for wide receiver Donte' Stallworth's birthday bash, which featured a live performance by pop singer Mya and guest appearances by players from the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins.

It's nice to know that everyone is keeping busy in the off-season.