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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
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
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

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 excelled 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 Women

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

Yasiel Puig deemed the frigid polar vortex of Cincinnati 'not that cold!'

Yasiel Puig scoffs at cold weather
January 31, 2019

If you weren't aware -- or if you're somewhere on the West Coast where it's been a balmy 60 degrees or so lately -- most of the United States is experiencing a "polar vortex." Several cities across the Midwest have hit records or come close to making history with some

Puig takes in Cincy, visits Urban Youth Academy

Reds' new outfielder happy to land with hitting coach Ward
January 30, 2019

CINCINNATI -- New Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig wasn't going to let subzero temperatures keep him from warming up to his new city. The Cuba native and Los Angeles resident was busy Wednesday getting to know his surroundings."It's not that cold. It's all mental, you know," Puig said. "If you put

Dream Series inspirational for young players

Annual five-day event concludes on MLK Day with BP, bullpen sessions and defensive drills
January 21, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The sound of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s voice could be heard throughout the backfields of Tempe Diablo Stadium all weekend.King's "I Have a Dream" speech echoed in the batting cages and in the bullpens. His inspirational messages of hope served as the backdrop for one of

Dream Series aims to build young leaders

Event's staff hopes to inspire high school prospects on, off diamond
January 18, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former big league manager Jerry Manuel adjusted the bill of his cream-colored hat, dusted off the front of his white hoodie and then glided from his front-row seat in the hotel amphitheater to the podium.He looked up from the microphone to see the 60 participants in this

Matz spreads love of game at Play Ball event

December 4, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Major League Baseball hosted its final Play Ball event of the year on Tuesday at Belmont University's E.S. Rose Athletic Complex.The weather was cold, but the spirits were high as hundreds of elementary school students ran around and had fun with Mets pitcher and Nashville resident Steven

Nats' youth academy honored for social work

November 16, 2018

The Nationals have been recognized for their commitment to using baseball and softball as a means to promote positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among youth athletes in the underserved communities of Washington D.C.The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy was selected as a 2018 winner of the Robert

Compton academy gets boost from golf outing

Hunter, Matthews co-host event in Newport Beach for 2nd straight year
November 12, 2018

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Much of the Southern California baseball community gathered at Newport Beach Country Club on Monday to help support the next generation of athletes coming up behind them.A number of former and current Major Leaguers took to the links for this year's Celebrity Golf Invitational, which benefits

MLB, US Embassy host clinic for Japanese youth

November 10, 2018

TOKYO -- Major League Baseball's ongoing commitment to its youth outreach programs, coupled with its desire to continue to grow the game globally, has been a running theme throughout the current Japan All-Star Series.While much of the focus of the tournament is directed toward the on-field play between the Major

Play Ball holds unforgettable 1st event in Hawaii

November 3, 2018

HONOLULU -- Upon returning to his home state of Hawaii, Padres reliever Kirby Yates makes it a point to enjoy some fresh "poke" (pronounced POH-kay) -- a Hawaiian staple of seasoned raw fish.A Kauai native and product of Kauai High School, Yates usually returns to the "808 state" in the

MLB stars prepare in Hawaii for Japan Series

November 3, 2018

HONOLULU -- While Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is all business in his preparation, the longtime backstop noted that he has a special off-the-field mission during his brief stay in Hawaii: checking out the beaches.Molina is part of a group of Major Leaguers working out in Hawaii during a stopover trip

Play Ball enthralls kids at ST home of KC, Texas

November 3, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Baseball thrives year-round in the Grand Canyon State.The D-backs play here and there are 15 teams that prepare for the regular season during Spring Training in Arizona. There's extended spring training, the Arizona Rookie League, instructs, the Arizona Fall League and thousands of youth players who suit

Dodgers Dreamfield hosts Play Ball event

October 27, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- There was a noticeable buzz at the Dodgers Dreamfield at Bishop Canyon on Saturday morning.:: World Series schedule and results ::More than 300 local kids, all outfitted in blue Dodgers caps, gathered for a special Play Ball event at the Elysium Park youth field, located near Dodger

Youth event rebranded to Hank Aaron Invitational

October 26, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Friday that one of Major League Baseball's most important youth initiatives will be renamed in honor of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. In addition, the program will be expanded to be part of Hank Aaron Week at SunTrust Park in Atlanta next

Young arms impress at WWBA Championships

Teenage pitchers show poise, command at Breakthrough Series youth competition
October 21, 2018

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Pitching against elite competition in front of scouts thousands of miles from home can be intimidating.So when Pablo Santos got the nod in the Breakthrough Series team's opening game of the 2018 World Wood Bat Association Freshman Championships on Friday at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm