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Tazewell's Billy Wagner Proud To Give Back

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TAZEWELL, Va. (WVVA) -- Every time Billy Wagner took the the mound in the majors, you knew what you were getting: when he toed the rubber, he was bringing the heat. Now, anytime Wagner's on the mound, he isn't throwing gas but dropping knowledge.

Wagner is the head coach of Miller Academy and, once again, his team made the trip to Tazewell to take on his alma mater.

"My heart is in Tazewell and always will be," said Wagner. " I have a new team that is learning the game and that's why we come out every year and play. They're gritty, they're going to fight you and I want my team to be that way."

Wagner's team won the day but the real winners were the players who got the chance to get some one-on-one coaching from a guy who's been in their shoes. 

"I learned from a great mentor in coach Peery who was always teaching, always developing and always trying to make people better," said Wagner. "My love for the game came from how he taught me to play the game and that's what I want to pass on to these kids."

"We talk about the game itself and learning how to play the game," said Tazewell head coach Aaron Buchanan. "Coach Peery always said we want these guys to better men than ball players and that's what we're all working towards."

Wagner said his team will be back each and every season because he's proud of his roots and the way the Bulldogs play the game. He says it's a great example for his own team.

"I want these guys to be dirty after the game and push for excellence and see how it is down here; how we play baseball." 

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