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Big names play golf to benefit Compton Youth Academy

November 14, 2023

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. -- On a picturesque day in sunny Southern California, several current and former MLB players teed it up at Pelican Hill Golf Club for the annual Celebrity Golf Invitational to benefit the MLB Youth Academy in Compton. Former Major League outfielders Gary Matthews Jr. and Torii Hunter,

Breakthrough Series focuses on future of women in baseball

November 11, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Coming off its second-ever World Series appearance, the D-backs organization is still making contributions on the diamond almost two weeks after Major League Baseball's season concluded. Hillsboro Hops manager Ronnie Gajownik -- a history-making skipper with the D-backs' affiliate in the High-A Northwest League -- is

MLB celebrates youth baseball, softball at World Series

October 28, 2023

ARLINGTON -- Miranda Castaneda grew up a dedicated fan of Corey Seager, and as one of dozens of youth across the country who have participated in Major League Baseball-led programs and were invited to Globe Life Field, she saw her favorite player at Game 2 of the World Series on

International players chase big league dreams at MLB College Showcase

October 2, 2023

The 2023 MLB World Select team arrived at Surprise Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Royals and Rangers, last Tuesday for the first day of the MLB College Showcase. Before enhancing their baseball skills at the scheduled practice day, the 31 international high school players marveled at the amenities

Royals employees advise youngsters on finding work in baseball

September 26, 2023

KANSAS CITY -- Jonathan Rosa, the Royals’ manager of charities and community impact, knew he would have to make a strong impression when he was applying to jobs in the competitive professional sports world. Rosa's story provided one of the best examples of perseverance for around 100 teens in attendance

MLB awards 12 Nike RBI athletes with college scholarships

September 20, 2023

Major League Baseball has awarded partial college scholarships to 12 incoming college freshmen who are alumni of the Nike Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (Nike RBI) program -- the baseball and softball initiative operated and funded by MLB to serve youth from underserved communities -- which will total $240,000 to

Clemente's spirit alive in Puerto Rico's youth baseball programs

September 19, 2023

Few people gave more to the game of baseball and Puerto Rico than Roberto Clemente. In 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Hall of Famer had 3,000 hits, won four batting titles, 12 Gold Gloves and an MVP (1966). He also won two World Series (1960 and '71) with

California wins Little League World Series on walk-off HR

August 27, 2023

Louis Lappe hit more home runs than any player at the 2023 Little League Baseball World Series. His fifth and final dinger came on the final swing of the tournament Sunday and put California on top of the Little League world once again. The 6-foot-1 third baseman crushed a walk-off

Scouts eye young talent in first-of-its-kind showcase

August 24, 2023

For high school athletes, the path to the MLB Draft runs through showcases. These events, populated with scouts, talent evaluators and college coaches, bring together the top high school talent in the country to show off their skills. While they are a proven way for players to develop and gain

J-Ram proud of youth field that bears his name

August 22, 2023

CLEVELAND -- A piece of paper sat on the seat at José Ramírez’s locker last week. He walked into the clubhouse and glanced down at the colorful printout. For a second, his eyes squinted, curious what was in front of him. Quickly, he burst out into an enormous grin and

Little League Classic a childhood dream come true for Lorenzen

August 19, 2023

WASHINGTON -- Michael Lorenzen only has good memories of Little League from growing up in Southern California, and not only from his playing days. As the youngest of four baseball-playing brothers whose ages spanned 10 years, Lorenzen was at East Anaheim Little League a lot. Decades later, the 31-year-old Phillies

Reds RBI baseball, softball reach new heights in 2023

August 19, 2023

For the second time in just three years, the Reds RBI program sent two teams to the Nike RBI World Series. The Reds Nike RBI senior baseball team and Reds Nike RBI softball team both punched their tickets by winning their Central Regional Tournament in Chicago, sweeping the competition, 5-0.

Dominic Smith can't wait to meet Little Leaguers

August 18, 2023

WASHINGTON – At 28 years old, Dominic Smith's Little League days are not far from his memory. The Nationals first baseman considers those years instrumental in his journey to the Major Leagues, and he is looking forward to sharing those experiences as the Nats' ambassador at the 2023 Little League

Jennie Finch Empowerment Award goes to pitcher Kristin White

August 17, 2023

Kristin White became the most recent recipient of the 2023 Jennie Finch Empowerment Award, presented by Arm & Hammer, after competing for the DC Elite Nike RBI team at the Nike Softball RBI World Series in Vero Beach, Fla. White was cheered on by her teammates and other RBI participants

Shades of '22 Phillies in Pennsylvania's LLWS team

August 16, 2023

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Diversity in language unites teams at Nike RBI World Series

August 13, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The sounds around Jackie Robinson Training Complex this summer are typical of facilities that host stick-and-ball sports -- with one glaring exception. With baseball’s Nike RBI World Series taking place last week, the click and clack of metal spikes clashing with concrete sidewalks were a constant.

Astros take home Nike RBI World Series softball title

August 13, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Houston Astros Nike Elite softball team is back on top. Behind a dazzling outing from Isabella De Los Santos and timely hitting and baserunning for Jada Cooper, the Astros beat the D.C. Elite team 2-0 in the Nike RBI World Series championship game Saturday at

Mental health a focus at RBI World Series event

August 12, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- An athlete can only go as far as their mental health takes them. Mental health is as important as it has ever been for young athletes. Without the necessary resources or people to talk to, a negative impact can go beyond the field. Even professional athletes

Accomplished DC Elite earn historic berth in Nike RBI World Series

August 10, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The DC Elite softball team has already made history. Now the club is interested in making a mark on the Nike RBI World Series tournament at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex. After five years of finishing second in the Mid-Atlantic region, this year head coach Harry

Houston back for redemption at Softball RBI World Series

August 8, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Houston Astros Nike RBI softball team gets loud every time they step on the field, but you could have heard a pin drop in their dugout after the 2022 championship game. After winning three straight championships from 2018-21 (2020 was canceled because of COVID-19), the

White Sox Nike RBI team wins junior division championship 

August 7, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- For the second straight year, the Chicago White Sox Nike RBI junior team are the Nike RBI World Series champions. The White Sox turned in their best performance when it mattered most, run-ruling the Dodgers Dreamteam Nike RBI junior team, 11-0, in five innings on Saturday

'Huge relief': Dad's surgery a success as Bradley plays in RBI WS

August 4, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- For as long as Xavier Bradley has played baseball, he’s always remembered his dad being by his side. On July 25, that nearly took a turn for the worse.

Astros, Braves advance to RBI World Series division finals

August 4, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- With the potential go-ahead run on base, Devin Chandler was one swing away from potentially extending his RBI career. The Atlanta Braves Nike RBI senior team and the Newark Nike RBI senior team were deadlocked at 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning. Chandler came

44 selected to play in Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game

July 27, 2023

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- When Donte Lewis saw his name on the list of players playing in the Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game, all he could think about was calling his parents and following in the path of his friends. Days filled with conversations with his parents about that moment

Rangers YA senior, junior teams fall just short of title

July 23, 2023

Another Nike RBI Southwest Regional Tournament has come and gone, but Sunday marked an exciting first for the Texas Rangers Youth Academy, with both the junior and senior baseball teams competing for the championship. “Today was an important day for the Youth Academy, especially on the heels of yesterday with