MIAMI — Hours before Saturday’s game between the Marlins and Mets, Richard Bleier stood in left field to discuss his daily routine with a young man named Michael Traband. In turn, the 15-year-old spoke to Miami’s left-handed reliever about his YouTube channel educating people about cerebral palsy.

Traband was one of 48 participants in the Miami Marlins Foundation’s Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids at Miami-Dade County Parks’ LoanDepot Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Program, Miami Learning Experience School, The Miracle League of Miami- Dade and Special Florida Olympics. The clinic provided baseball players with physical and intellectual challenges – ages 9 to 45, but primarily school-aged – with the opportunity to improve their skills.

“It was a lot of fun being on the field and playing where the Marlins are playing,” said Traband, who plays a few games a season.

Before working on some fundamentals at three stations spread across the field, Bleier, Nick Fortes, Tanner Scott, Braxton Garrett and Jesús Luzardo handed out blue Marlins jerseys personalized with participants’ names and numbers.

Fortes and Avisaíl García took turns giving advice to the kids at home plate for batting and base running, Traband’s favorite among drills. Some hit a tee, while others tried a soft pitch. Traband and Bleier connected while lining up grounders in left field, where Scott and alumnus Charles Johnson also played catch and found some of the attendees showing off their arm strength. Garrett and Luzardo occupied the Wiffle ball station in the center, encouraging a few mini sluggers to take extra hacks.

Afterwards, everyone posed for group photos in the field and then enjoyed a Pollo Tropical lunch due to the appetites they had built up.

“I think it’s important,” said Bleier, who has a daughter and another on the way. “You see how much the parents appreciate us being here, and I think I would feel the same if it was the other way around with my child. I think it’s good to give back to the community and interact with our fans. It’s an hour of our time that means a lot to a lot of people.”

While this is the only fantastic youth camp of its kind at LoanDepot Park in 2022, the Marlins hosted another during spring training in Jupiter, Fla., where minor leaguers taught attendees.

Bleier and Fortes (who recalls volunteering at similar camps during his time in the minors) never had the opportunity to interact with professional athletes in that capacity growing up.

“I love doing stuff like that,” Fortes said. “My uncle and my aunt [both had special needs]so i have a weakness for children and people [with special needs]. I know it means a lot to them. They get a lot of joy out of it, and it makes me smile to see them smile.”