MLB star comes home to dedicate new Clayton park

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Chris Archer delivers in the fifth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League division series against the Boston Red Sox, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 12-2. (Michael Dwyer)

November 3, 2013 11:27:18 AM PST
An MLB pitcher who grew up playing T-ball with the Clayton Parks and Recreation leagues returned home to dedicate the town's new park.

Clayton native Chris Archer is a starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and pitched the team into the postseason this year.

Now that the season is over, the Clayton High School grad was back to dedicate the newest and largest park in the town's history.

The 60-acre East Clayton Community Park on Glen Laurel Road provides many firsts for the town - it has Clayton's first regulation size baseball and soccer fields and the town's first multi-purpose playing field.

The park also offers a one-mile walking trail and a stone picnic pavilion with restrooms.

Prior to this park, the only regulation baseball field in Clayton was at Clayton High School.

Archer is no stranger to helping out in the community. Earlier this year, he donated equipment to disadvantaged youth at a local Boys & Girls Club.

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