ARLINGTON -- Wet grounds caused by rain over the past few days have forced the postponement of the Texas Rangers' and their Baseball Foundation's Play Ball Event, scheduled for Sunday at the Youth Ballpark.The second annual Play Ball Weekend features a variety of youth engagement activities by nearly 200 Major
ARLINGTON -- Wet grounds caused by rain over the past few days have forced the postponement of the Texas Rangers' and their Baseball Foundation's Play Ball Event, scheduled for Sunday at the Youth Ballpark.
The second annual Play Ball Weekend features a variety of youth engagement activities by nearly 200 Major League and Minor League clubs to highlight the fun of youth baseball and softball. It is a complementary program of the Play Ball initiative, designed by MLB to celebrate youth baseball and softball participation. MLB has provided clubs with more than 300,000 youth plastic bat and ball sets to distribute in both ballparks and at community events.
Many MLB clubs are hosting skills and physical fitness clinics as well as surprise "takeovers" of youth baseball and softball games or practices featuring appearances by Major League players, alumni, mascots, public address announcers and more. Activities will include kids participating in special news conferences, pregame meet-and-greets and catches with players, ceremonial first pitches, public address duties, lineup card exchanges, taking the field with players, postgame running the bases and more. Major League players, coaches and managers will wear Play Ball Weekend patches during the weekend's games, and players on home clubs will wear custom T-shirts during batting practice on the date of their club's activations.
The Rangers also had to postpone an event at their Urban Youth Academy in West Dallas on Saturday. The Rangers will attempt to reschedule the Play Ball events that were postponed on Saturday and Sunday. More information will be provided when it becomes available.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.