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Finch motivates softball players at EDI camp

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VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Softball star Jennie Finch is one part instructor, one part motivational speaker. And both of the parts add up to a sum the Elite Development Invitational campers at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex this week can look up to and admire. Finch and fellow Olympic gold

Prep softball players hone skills at EDI camp 

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VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Versatile athlete Jasmine Hogan has been a key part of multiple championships during her prep career. Now the South Carolina standout is trying to learn a few more things to make her game even better. Hogan, 16, is one of approximately 90 prep softball players who

PLAY BALL brings baseball to London-area youth

MLB initiative gives many local kids chance to play sport for first time
@BryanHoch
June 28, 2019

LONDON -- Before the likes of Mookie Betts or Aaron Judge set foot on British soil this week, representatives from Major League Baseball's PLAY BALL initiative traveled to various schools in the greater London area, offering the opportunity to experience baseball on a casual participatory level. At each event, they

Yanks legends host clinic, BBQ for London kids

@BryanHoch
June 27, 2019

LONDON -- As Major League Baseball lands overseas for this weekend's London Series, the Yankees gave an All-Star experience to a group of local youth players, capping their memorable afternoon with a gift that should leave a legacy long after these upcoming two games are complete. Hall of Famers Reggie

Toronto kids thrilled with Game Takeover event

Jays Care Foundation surprises local youth players with Major League experience
@baseballexis
June 26, 2019

TORONTO -- The players just thought they were heading out for an ordinary game. Before the baseball teams from Lord Dufferin Public School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School departed to head to the diamond at Riverdale Park East on Wednesday morning, they were told there was a surprise

Robertson hopes to throw off mound soon

Reliever has been tossing from flat ground in Florida; Pinch, Hit & Run comes to Philly
@ToddZolecki
June 22, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander David Robertson found himself in the mood to chat on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park because he finally had some good news to share about his recovery from an injured right elbow. Robertson started throwing recently in Clearwater, Fla., and he hopes he could begin throwing

Scioscia excited by Breakthrough Series talent

Former manager instructs next generation at three-day showcase
June 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Scioscia estimates that in his first season since retiring as Angels manager, his first summer off since he was 16 years old, he has watched one game’s worth of innings of his old team. The former Angels manager and Dodgers catcher saw a lot more baseball

Second annual Home Base program a success

Reds Community Fund hosts 49 student athletes for weeklong camp
June 18, 2019

For the second consecutive year, the Reds Community Fund rolled out the Home Base program for local high school students. In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the MLB Youth Development Foundation, the initiative for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors launched in 2018. Home Base

Breakthrough Series about 'opening up equality'

Major Leaguers, former Women's National Team members participate in girls' baseball development program
June 16, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Former MLB players Dmitri Young, Fernando Arroyo and Lou Collier have amassed a wealth of baseball knowledge over their combined 29 years of Major League experience, and they shared some of it as coaches in this weekend’s MLB Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series in Vero Beach, Fla.,

After Girls Breakthrough Series, new path awaits

New Jersey baseball player plans to serve her country by joining Navy
June 15, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As part of the second annual MLB Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series, 65 of the world’s best players visited Marlins Park on Saturday for a Career Chat with female Miami Marlins' front-office employees. In addition to the Career Chat, they’ll also watch the game between the Marlins

'Lots of joy': Kids come to Play Ball in Omaha

Event offers taste of MLB, college ahead of historic game, CWS
June 12, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. -- With the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals set to play the first MLB game in Nebraska history Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha (televised nationally by ESPN at 8:05 p.m. ET.), the stadium was teeming with ballplayers of a different kind the day before. MLB and

Kimbrel 'ahead of the game' in Cubs' first look

@MLBastian
June 9, 2019

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked on Saturday that if anyone heard any loud booms around Wrigley Field, that was probably Craig Kimbrel's pitches popping into a catcher's mitt. Kidding aside, pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Kimbrel's first official workout with Chicago was indeed impressive. "Obviously, elite stuff," Hottovy

'A lot to learn': Prospects gear up for 2020 Draft

June 7, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Prep pitcher Miles Garrett has good opportunities in front of him, and the right-hander is sharpening his skills in an effort to make the best decision next June. Garrett is one of roughly 60 high school players to participate in Major League Baseball’s diversity-focused Breakthrough Series,

Trip to Draft brings smiles to Cards' guests

@anne__rogers
June 4, 2019

Brooke Bearden had just one word to describe her experience on Day 1 of the MLB Draft: "Awesome." Bearden, a senior softball player from Liberal High School -- just south of Kansas City -- sat at the Cardinals' Draft table with Jason Isringhausen during the first round, and Commissioner Rob

Play Ball brings joy of baseball to Flint

June 1, 2019

FLINT, Mich. -- Major League Baseball hosted a Play Ball event on Saturday at the Eagle’s Nest Academy in Flint, which allowed children to come learn fun and informal ways of getting into the game. This event, run in association with the Flint Jackson Park Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities

Reds honor 12 HS players with signing day

Seniors from Reds RBI teams will play baseball or softball in college
May 29, 2019

On May 28, the Reds Community Fund hosted its third annual “Signing Day” event for high school seniors in the Palace of the Fans Theater at the Reds Hall of Fame at Great American Ball Park. The ceremony honored 12 local high school baseball and softball players who have trained

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