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Fun At Bat youth program launches in Mexico

MLB, USA Baseball partner to supply 1.3 million students with equipment for PE classes
May 22, 2019

The new president of Mexico has made one thing very clear in his first six months in office: He wants to see more baseball played south of the U.S. border. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced plans to assist with that effort. On a sunny morning in

Rollins teaches kids on Play Ball Weekend 

@paul_casella
May 18, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins was among a group of former and current Phillies players that helped lead dozens of kids through various baseball and softball drills on Saturday at the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy. The event, part of Play Ball Weekend festivities, took place at FDR Park in South

Puig joins Reds' Play Ball Takeover event

Reed optioned to Triple-A; Ervin recalled
May 18, 2019

CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Yasiel Puig led the way for the Reds' Play Ball Community Takeover event on Saturday morning in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood. Puig joined members of the Reds Community Fund department led by director Charley Frank, club mascot Mr. Redlegs, organist John Schutte and the Reds Rally Pack in

London Series to include family activities, events

@Russ_Dorsey1
May 7, 2019

MLB and Mitel announced Monday afternoon that the 2019 London Series will include several free, family-friendly events and activities in London during the week. The activities for the week will include a baseball cultural festival called “London Yards" that will feature baseball virtual reality interactives, shops and food specialties from

MLB Youth Academy teams turning heads

May 7, 2019

It's not long after dawn on Monday, April 29, when the 13-U and 12-U travel teams from the Major League Baseball Youth Academy in New Orleans return home, fresh off a National Youth Baseball Championships qualifier tournament in Grapevine, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Both teams fared well in their

PDP League recognizes elite high school players

@alysonfooter
May 1, 2019

A group of the most talented high school players in the country will soon head to Bradenton, Fla., to participate in a prestigious baseball development program hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. In the weeks leading up to the event, several of those players have been celebrated with

MLB, USA Baseball honor PDP League players 

@alysonfooter
April 30, 2019

A group of the most talented high school players in the country will soon head to Bradenton, Fla., to participate in a prestigious baseball development program, hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. In the weeks leading up to this event, several of those players will be celebrated with

MLB, Tribe give $5 million for local projects

Luke Easter Park, East Technical Boys & Girls Club among Cleveland sites to be renovated as part of All-Star Legacy initiative
@MandyBell02
April 30, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The All-Star Legacy initiative has come full circle. The program that was designed to help make an impact in local baseball communities began in connection with the 1997 MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland, and it has now found its way back to Northeast Ohio. On Tuesday, Major League

Play Ball, RBI initiatives merge in N.C., Montana

@alysonfooter
April 29, 2019

Since the inception of Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative in 2015, the goal has been to bring the game to the kids -- no matter where they live. That meant expanding the outreach beyond Major League cities. MLB got the U.S. Conference of Mayors involved, and they all pledged

MLB announces Finch Empowerment Award

Prestigious honor named after Olympic gold medalist, former star pitcher
@alysonfooter
April 24, 2019

Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch has been a role model for young girls for years, ever since she burst onto the scene as a star pitcher for the University of Arizona. Now, a decade and a half later, Finch, MLB’s youth softball ambassador, is the namesake of a prestigious new

This teen overcame hurdle to excel at baseball

Haiyan Tanner was a sensation on mound at Trailbazer Series
@alysonfooter
April 16, 2019

COMPTON, Calif. -- Haiyan Tanner is just like any other precocious, engaging, athletically gifted kid. The 13-year-old plays baseball and basketball and excels at both, and though she also played lacrosse for a while a few years ago, baseball is her preferred sport. So there was nothing unusual about the

This 11-year-old is in a league of her own

Baseball star and math whiz Diya Buonincontro has eyes on the Majors
@alysonfooter
April 14, 2019

COMPTON, Calif. -- Diya Buonincontro would like to someday play Major League Baseball. If she can’t do that, her second choice is to be the next Jessica Mendoza and commentate on the sport. But she may want to also consider a Plan C and aim to use her brainpower to

Play Ball event sets tone for Mexico Series

Cards' Miller, Gallegos and Reds' Lorenzen toss to kids at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey
@JesseSanchezMLB
April 13, 2019

MONTERREY, Mexico -- Hours before the start of the first game of the Mexico Series on Saturday, Cardinals pitchers Andrew Miller and Giovanny Gallegos, along with Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen, gave up dozens of home runs, doubles and triples at Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey. If they had more time,

Trailblazer girls soak up Jackie's legacy

@alysonfooter
April 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- For all three years it has existed, the Trailblazer Series has included a trip to Dodger Stadium, where reminders of the contributions of the ultimate trailblazer, Jackie Robinson, are everywhere. This year, nearly 100 girls ages 11-13 are participating in the all-girls baseball tournament, which is held

Montreal Play Ball event boasts big turnout

Jackie Robinson's granddaughter, former Expo All-Star among headliners
March 23, 2019

MONTREAL, Quebec -- It was a homecoming of sorts on Saturday at Olympic Stadium. Ahead of two exhibition games between the Blue Jays and the Brewers on Monday and Tuesday -- bringing big league baseball back to the Quebec ballpark for another spring -- Major League Baseball joined forces with

Growth of game on display at RBI Institute

New international, girls teams highlight overall program expansion
@alysonfooter
March 23, 2019

One of Major League Baseball's goals in its efforts to grow the sport and generate interest in young people worldwide is to bring the game to kids, even in cities that are far from where the big league teams play. Youth baseball is thriving everywhere, a direct result of MLB

Twins, nonprofit donate local youth unis

Partnership with Pennsylvania-based PIFBS supports 14 schools in Twin Cities
@dohyoungpark
March 15, 2019

Ronald Borquez, a senior at Patrick Henry High School, said it was a "blessing." Majeur Tucker, a senior at Highland Park Senior High School, called it "everything." On Wednesday, the Twins partnered with Pennsylvania-based nonprofit Pitch In For Baseball and Softball (PIFBS) at a donation event that provided new equipment

Pioneers take in final day of GRIT tourney

AAGPBL vets Lesko, Rogers meet with girls at event
March 10, 2019

DALLAS -- As participants and officials wrapped up the inaugural MLB GRIT tournament and development camp on Sunday morning, VIPs sat nearby observing. There was simply no way to keep Jeneane Lesko and Gloria Rogers away from the event this weekend. The two are former members of the All-American Girls

At GRIT tourney, opportunity for girls is key

60 high school girls participating in baseball invitational
March 8, 2019

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Delaney Dunham remembered vividly the day three years ago when a baseball coach at her brother’s camp asked if she, too, wanted to play ball. "I thought he was crazy at first," said Dunham, a 15-year-old high school freshman from Mont Belvieu. "I was still playing softball

Participation in baseball on the rise

@mattkellyMLB
February 20, 2019

There are more things for people to do (especially in the digital realm) than at any previous point in history. But baseball -- the oldest and perhaps most unchanged of America’s major professional sports -- appears to be holding a strong appeal. A recent study by the Sports and Fitness

Reagins sees potential of MLB4 tournament

MLB's executive VP of development upbeat about future of sport
February 16, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When watching college baseball, fans have the opportunity to see the potential future stars of MLB before they make it to the big leagues.During this weekend's inaugural MLB4 collegiate baseball tournament, the league's goal has been to expose the college level to a wider audience in an

Watley debuts in new role at clinic for kids

Olympian is MLB's youth softball ambassador
February 9, 2019

COMPTON, Calif. -- In spite of uncustomary Southern California rain in Saturday's early hours, Natasha Watley shone in her first appearance as Major League Baseball's youth softball ambassador. An Olympic gold medal-winning infielder, Watley hosted two events at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton in recognition of National Girls and

Sharon Robinson tours KC's youth academy

MLB educational programming consultant in town for centennial of her father's birth
February 8, 2019

KANSAS CITY -- Sharon Robinson walked past the entrance mural that includes a portrait of her father, Jackie Robinson, as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. She moved on to the Don and Jean Wagner classroom, and she made subsequent stops at the athletic training room and the spacious

Play Ball educates, inspires at New Orleans clinic

Event held in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day
February 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS -- Nothing, not a light morning fog or chilly temperatures, was going to dampen the enthusiasm of a group of about 350 girls and boys who gathered Saturday to learn some baseball skills and celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the MLB Youth Academy in

Reds host baseball, softball coaches' clinic

January 31, 2019

CINCINNATI -- The Reds hosted 173 baseball and softball coaches on Jan. 27 at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy for a coaches' education and training program.The event was held with support from Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association. Former Reds player