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Southern baseball coach Roger Cador gestures during a news conference while discussing the mechanics behind him retiring from the dugout but staying within the athletic administration Friday June 2, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La..

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

For the 12th consecutive year, Roger Cador will host a banquet in conjunction with Major League Baseball on Monday to raise money for Baton Rouge Little League Baseball and Southern University athletics.

The event, which is being held at L’Auberge hotel and casino, will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. with the banquet following at 7.

Tickets cost $100 per person and $1,000 per table. Those interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Cador directly at (225) 933-4072. Proceeds from the event are allocated by MLB back into the community and Southern athletics.

“It’s a very good venture when you think about who benefits from it, and for 11 years running it has been a very good event that is well supported by the community,” said Cador, who retired in May after more than three decades at the helm of Southern's baseball program. 

One of Cador’s favorite things about the event is seeing parents bring their sons and daughters to be in the presence of professional baseball players, where they can have access they do not typically get in a state without a major league team.

And there will be plenty of pro players on hand. Cador has already received confirmation from 18 players — including Rickie Weeks, Coco Crisp, Will Clark, Ryan Theriot and Lee Smith — and is expecting to get a few more to show.

The gala will also serve as a sort of official closing of Cador’s coaching career, with a retirement ceremony as part of the evening’s schedule.

“It’ll give some people a chance to come in and say hello and goodbye,” Cador said. “Goodbye in a good way, not a bad way. Let’s make sure we get that goodbye understood.”

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