New York Mets baseball players Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans encouraged budding players Friday at Wakeman Field.

Murphy and Evans were guest instructors at Baseball World Training School's summer camp and they both imparted a message of encouraging the campers and getting them to believe in themselves. Evans, who has made his third appearance as a guest instructor (the first one came in 2008), is an outfielder and first baseman for the Mets and focused his talk on perseverance.

Although he is currently playing for the parent club, it hasn't been easy for Evans. He has gone back and forth between the Mets and their triple AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons and is privy to adversity. His advice to the youngsters was that you will always have doubters, never stop believing in yourself and to never take no for an answer.

Murphy made his second appearance to Baseball World (both with Evans) and he focused on determination in the face of adversity, which he faced in 2010 when he missed the season because of an injury. He spent time rehabbing his injured knee because he was determined to get back onto the field in 2011.

Evidently, Murphy's determination paid off and he learned from his misfortune, which made him stronger as he's batted .315 through 90 games while starting at first base, second base and third base this year.

One thing Murphy and Evans emphasize is the importance of having fun and kids should hang up their glove and spikes once baseball isn't enjoyable anymore to them. They also said that those who make it to the Majors are the ones who want it more, not the ones with natural talent.

"Because they are current players, they face the current pressure other MLB players face, which is intense, because of the competitiveness of the sport," Baseball World instructor Dave "Big Daddy" Rogers said. "When they were younger, they had fun playing and they can relate to when they see the kids have fun."

Baseball World owner Vince Diaco said, "They are a great example of what I'm looking for in a guest instructor, they are patient, have a passion for teaching and they differentiate instruction for the younger and older players."

After giving their sermons

After giving their sermons about their experiences while expounding on Diaco's 9 Innings Plus Life Skills chart, Murphy and Evans instructed the campers on hitting and fielding, respectively. Determination and Perseverance are two of the nine skills that are on the chart and Diaco has guest instructors cover one of the nine life skills.

Both Mets gave the campers positive reinforcement and praised them when they did well. Evans told the kids to get in good fielding position, keep their butts down and get in front of the ball. He also told them to set their feet before throwing it and to stay with it.

"I told the kids to pay close attention to the instructors because they play at a very high level and are giving them the tools of the game to succeed," Diaco said. "I appreciate the fact they were willing to teach the fundamentals and to take time out in their day to teach the kids."

Murphy conveyed to the hitters the importance of being in good athletic position and to keep their eyes on the ball. He also told them to keep 60 percent of their weight on their back leg, keep their feet up front, have a nice level swing and try to hit line drives.

"It's a great experience when you see kids excited to play baseball and it's a great experience," Murphy said. "We were short on time but we're hoping we gave the kids something to take with them for the rest of the time they play baseball and for the rest of their lives. I hope we imparted some knowledge on them."

Evans said, "I really think Vince does a good job here. I enjoy coming here and spend quality time with the kids. We didn't have a ton of time but if we got to a couple of kids, we were successful."

And the kids are proof that Murphy and Evans accomplished their mission.

"They told us not to give up and tell us not to give up until they take the jersey off our backs," Jake Phillips of Westport said. "They were nice and I learned a lot from them."

Westporter Sam Zaritsky said, "It was really cool."

Anton Brown of Denmark, who is visiting the States, also stopped by and was impressed. Brown said, "They helped me a lot and it was a good experience learning from professionals."