We've been blessed to have local servants, baseball legends and talented players help us build our brand. The Tommy Hutton Baseball Academy Hall of Fame consists of individuals who have served our camps with the purest intentions. Their contributions and impact are the foundation of our mission.
In the almost twenty years of the THBA's existance, there is arguably nobody more beloved than Chef Jerry Justine. A true servant, Chef Jerry volunteers his time and resources to feed the entire camp his world famous grilled hot dogs. By popular demand, one camper per week is awarded the Chef Jerry award in recognition of displaying an all-around great attitude and infectious personality. Chef Jerry has served over 15,000 hot dogs to THBA students, all with a friendly smile and encouraging interaction.
Perhaps the most beloved camper in THBA history, Tim Lynch went from beginner to New York Yankee draft choice. Lynch, pictured with Coach Giant and MLB star Paul LoDuca, could be found on the back fields at Roger Dean every week of the summer during his youth. Lynch later became an instructor at the THBA. Lynch's connestions to the THBA run deep as he is a prodigy of Coach Don Taussig as well as former player for Director Frank Torre (Dwyer HS) and Founder Brian Justine (Tommy Hutton Heat). Lynch starred for four years at Southern Mississippi prior to beginning his professional career with the Yankees.
Jason Motte will have a forever connection to the THBA. As a struggling minor league catcher in the Cardinals organization, Motte worked as one of the THBA's baseball instructors in Jupiter, travel baseball coach and facility manager at the THBA indoor training center. After being released as a catcher in 2006, Motte was immediately re-signed as an experiment to see if his rocket arm could be effective on the mound. The rest is history as Motte has had an outstanding major league career as a pitcher, including famously recording the final out in the 2011 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
One of the most influential people ever to hold a stake in the Tommy Hutton Baseball Academy is Coach Andy Mook. Now the head coach at Jupiter High School, Coach Mook shared his passion and baseball knowledge with thousands of THBA attendees from 2003-2013. Known for his high energy, superb organizational skills and sense of humor, Mook led THBA programs in almost every managerial role including the camp's Director. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, Mook has been inducted into the THBA Hall of Fame.
One of the most successful former THBA campers, Motter went on to star at Palm Beach Gardens HS and Coastal Carolina before reaching the big leagues with Tampa Bay in 2016. Motter was a regular at summer camps in the early days of the THBA where he won numerous weekly honors. Motter also worked at the camp during high school. We are very proud of Taylor and his accomplishments on and off the field!
One of the most generous and talented guest instructors in THBA history, Schneider has taken part in dozens of camps. Both of his sons, Holden and Cal, have participated in THBA programs over the years. Schneider, a 12 year MLB veteran and current coach for the Miami Marlins, has taught hitting fundamentals to hundreds of THBA students.
2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich appeared at the 2015 THBA spring break camp.
Christian Yelich (pictured at the THBA 2015 spring break camp)
Frank Torre, Sr.