VideoChevy Play Ball Compton EventLocal youth learn the basics of baseball as Chevy partners with MLB's Play Ball initiative
MLB donates $1M, vehicles for PR recoveryPrior to the opener of the two-game Puerto Rico Series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was joined by former Major Leaguer Bernie Williams, members of the Indians and Twins' front office and a group of Puerto Rico-born players to announce the donation of $1 million to Habitat for Humanity. Two vehicles were gifted, along with supplies, to continue to aid mobile response teams for the island's ongoing recovery.
'Like old times': Sandy Alomar Jr. returns homeWhen the Indians arrived in Puerto Rico, Sandy Alomar Jr.'s first priority was to plan a trip to the southern section of the island to visit his parents. He had not been home to Salinas since Hurricane Maria to see the damage inflicted on their home.
RBI game serves as prelude to PR SeriesRoberto Perez dreamed of playing in Hiram Bithorn Stadium when he was a kid. The Indians catcher grew up in Mayaguez, on the western coast of Puerto Rico, and he never had the opportunity to travel across the island to take the field at San Juan's famous ballpark in his youth.
Alomar lends hand to PR kids at Play Ball eventThe latest edition of Play Ball featured more than 450 participants from all over Puerto Rico at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Monday. In addition to hitting and fielding drills, activities included baserunning and agility workouts.
VideoLindor hosts Puerto Rico clinicFrancisco Lindor hosted a clinic for approximately 250 students at Escuela Villa Marina, the grammar school he attended in Gurabo
Puerto Rican Trailblazers express pride in homePuerto Rico was well represented during the recently completed Trailblazer Series in Compton, where approximately 100 girls gathered for a weekend of baseball competition at the MLB Youth Academy.
Eight top moments from 2018 Trailblazer SeriesOn a weekend that celebrated baseball's most revered trailblazer, Jackie Robinson, 100 girls gathered at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton for a two-day baseball tournament that featured camaraderie, talent and fierce competition. Countless highlights emerged during the second Trailblazer Series. Here's a glance at the best of the best.
MLB sees continued increase in diversitySunday is Jackie Robinson Day -- the 71st anniversary of Robinson's Dodgers debut -- and it's a time for more than just emblazoning every uniform with the No. 42. It's a time, also, for noting that Jackie's game is becoming a more diverse one, thanks in part to the grassroots efforts that have been made to ensure the legacy of this true trailblazer was not for naught.
Girls shine on diamond at Trailblazer SeriesNow in its second year, the Trailblazer Series has attracted girls from all over the United States, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. It's part of MLB's ongoing commitment to attract more young people to the game.
Trailblazer girls inspired by Jackie's legacy in LAAfter a full day of games on the fields of the MLB Youth Academy in Compton on Saturday, the Trailblazer Series moved to a fitting venue -- Dodger Stadium, home of the team that produced baseball's original and most revered trailblazer -- Jackie Robinson.
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About MLB Youth Academy
Major League Baseball's first Urban Youth Academy was founded in 2006 in Compton, California. As a not-for-profit organization, the UYA aims to set the standard for baseball and softball instruction, teach and educate in Urban America, and enhance the quality of life in the surrounding communities. Major League Baseball has set out four facets to the Urban Youth Initiative:
• Grow the games of baseball and softball while cultivating diversity in all aspects of the game
• Make meaningful contributions to the development of urban communities
• Provide safe and organized recreational activities for urban youth
• Prepare urban high school players for college and professional baseball and softball programs
Our coaching staff consists of highly experienced baseball and softball personnel. We specialize in fundamental instruction by way of open workouts. Our workouts give members practical and theoretical training on the fundamentals of the game, while our educational component aids students in the classroom. We believe the skills learned in baseball and softball can be applied beyond the field, helping to shape a better community.
- 2006: MLB celebrates the grand opening of the first Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
- 2010: The Houston Astros MLB Youth Academy opens in Sylvester Turner Park in Houston, Tex.
- 2012: A new MLB Youth Academy opens in New Orleans, La. - the first in a non-MLB city.
- 2014: With the help of MLB, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington D.C., and the Cincinnati P&G MLB Youth Academy Cincinnati, Ohio both open
- 2015: The outside field portion of the Philadelphia Phillies MLB Youth Academy officially opens for playing Philadelphia, Pa.
- 2016: The Phillies unveil the indoor portion of their Academy to complete the first two-site MLB Youth Academy. Additionally, MLB, DREAM and New York State announce plans to build a Youth Academy in Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
- 2017: The soft-opening for both the Kansas City Royals MLB Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy in West Dallas, Texas.
- In Progress: Academies are set to open in The Bronx, N.Y., Chicago, Ill., and San Francisco, Calif.