The HBCU Swingman Classic highlighted the history and legacy of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) baseball programs, while also providing 50 HBCU baseball players with the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage. The inaugural philanthropic and educational event was held on Friday, July 7, at T-Mobile Park.
Major League Baseball (MLB) and various partners, including USA Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (YDF), demonstrate their collective impact on the development of youth and amateur players on one of baseball’s grandest stages – MLB All-Star Week.
Through these special MLB Develops Days at All-Star, players from across the United States, ranging from 12u to college-age, have the opportunity to show off their skills while also being a part of world-class experiences in baseball’s grandest arenas.
Showcasing the best high school prospects in the 2024 Draft class to the professional scouting community, the 2023 MLB All-American Game serves as the premier kickoff event to the summer scouting season. The seven inning game was held Friday, July 7, 2023, at T-Mobile Park and streamed live on MLB.com.
Major League Baseball’s Jr. Home Run Derby (Jr. HRD) is a free event series for softball and baseball players - ages 12 to 16 - to showcase their hitting skills, compete against their peers and earn a spot at the National Finals, taking place during the 2023 MLB All-Star Week.
MLB Develops Day News
- Griffey, MLB, MLBPA announce inaugural HBCU Swingman Classic
Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. jointly announced Tuesday the launch of the "HBCU Swingman Classic,” an annual All-Star experience for baseball student-athletes from Division-I programs at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). The philanthropic & educational event,...
- VideoSwingman Classic Mentee recap
HBCU photographers develop their craft in a Mentee Program with MLB and Getty at the 2023 HBCU Swingman Classic
- VideoKewan Braziel at HBCU Classic
Kewan Braziel speaks at HBCU Swingman Classic
- VideoRoger Cador at HBCU Classic
Roger Cador speaks at HBCU Swingman Classic
- VideoCito Gaston at HBCU Classic
Cito Gaston speaks at HBCU Swingman Classic
- VideoKen Griffey Jr. at HBCU Classic
Ken Griffey Jr. speaks at HBCU Swingman Classic
- VideoPlay Loud: HBCU Swingman Classic
Watch HBCU standouts Trey Paige and Daalen Adderley hop on the mic during the inaugural HBCU Swingman Classic at T-Mobile Park
- VideoMorlando wins High School HR Derby
PJ Morlando defeats Samuel Richardson in the final round of the 2023 High School Home Run Derby
- High School Home Run Derby win a dream come true for Morlando
SEATTLE -- PJ Morlando made sure to get enough sleep the night before the High School Home Run Derby so he could dream about every single scenario that could happen on Monday night. Little did he know the best scenario possible would end up happening in front of a sellout...
- VideoMorlando's 24 homers in HS Derby
PJ Morlando hits 24 home runs in the 2023 High School Home Run Derby to advance to the finals at T-Mobile Park
- Richardson, Morlando set to face off in Finals of HS HR Derby
SEATTLE -- Mike Cameron and Gary Sheffield sat behind home plate at T-Mobile Park on Saturday morning and marveled at the rare air that teenage sluggers were putting on display in the High School Home Run Derby. Here were two elite power hitters of their era, with a combined 787...
- VideoRichardson, Morlando on HS Derby
Samuel Richardson and PJ Morlando discuss their future and performances in the 2023 High School Home Run Derby
- VideoRichardson's High School HR Derby
Mississippi native Samuel Richardson puts on a show at the 2023 High School Home Run Derby
- Video2023 HBCU luncheon
Jerry Manuel, Cito Gaston and Roger Cador speak at the 2023 Swingman HBCU luncheon
- Meet the 2023 High School Home Run Derby participants
If Monday’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby featuring Major League stars is the Taylor Swift Eras Tour concert event, then Saturday’s MLB-USA Baseball High School Home Run Derby’s opening act comp would be HAIM. Since 2013, Major League Baseball has invited some of the best high school sluggers in the country...