Sunday 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.
Commissioner Rob Manfred spent Thursday morning touring the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at the Mercy Street Sports Complex. He had visited the site during the academy's construction, but this was his first time seeing the finished product.
Tony Reagins was promoted to executive vice president of baseball and softball development on Tuesday. In his new role, Reagins, who joined the Commissioner's Office in March 2015 as senior vice president of youth programs, will oversee the growth of youth and amateur levels of the sport, while also expanding the efforts on a more global level. He will also oversee the Arizona Fall League, as well as scouting amateur baseball around the world.
They did not play baseball or softball in West Dallas on Tuesday because of the heavy rains. But they will be playing there for many years to come because of the Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex.
Rangers players Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun, Jose Leclerc and Ricardo Rodriguez and TV broadcaster Dave Raymond joined the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and State Farm on Thursday to distribute over 300 baseball gloves to students at C.F. Carr Elementary School in Dallas.