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Bengals invited to tryout for minor league baseball team

Florence, KY -

With a lockout looming in the NFL the Florence Freedom minor league baseball team has issued an invite to all Bengal Football Players to attend a try out for their team.

Here is the official letter sent out on Tuesday:

ATTN: CINCINNATI BENGALS PLAYERS

With an official lockout looming and a Collective Bargaining Agreement seemingly out of reach, NFL players are preparing for a summer without organized workouts and an uncertain future. The Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team would like to help out Cincinnati Bengals players by giving them the opportunity to stay active and employed this summer. Please accept our invitation to attend our team tryout on April 23rd!

Chad Ochocinco's recent tryout with Major League Soccer showed that there are numerous opportunities available for players to pursue other athletic ventures. Located right in Cincinnati's backyard, the Florence Freedom play a 96 game schedule from late May to early September. Any and all Cincinnati Bengals players under the age of 27 (per league rules) are invited to try out for a spot on the 2011 roster. The tryout will be free of charge to Bengals players as we'd like to lend a hand during these troubled times and help the players stay in shape this offseason.

Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson excelled on both the gridiron and the baseball diamond. Even the greatest basketball player of all time took his shot at America's pastime. Now, we are giving Bengals players the opportunity to be the next great two-sport star. Please accept our invitation to come "play ball!" with the Freedom.

Sincerely,

Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team

The tryouts will take place on Saturday, April 23rd from 2pm-6pm at the Florence Freedom field at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence. For more information contact Matt Friedman, Director of Broadcasting and Amateur Baseball at: 859-594-4487 ext. 22 or by email at:  MFriedman@florencefreedom.com

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