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'A dream accomplished': White Sox host ACE signing day

November 10, 2022

CHICAGO -- As a young man with an abundance of baseball talent, Corey Ray had a plan. The native of the South Side of Chicago was going to use the game as a tool to get an education. “With ACE, I was allowed to do just that,” said the fifth

Young players find learning opportunity at Softball Breakthrough Series

October 16, 2022

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As the second event of the Softball Breakthrough Series got underway Friday at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex (JRTC), coach Monica Harrison could relate to what the 44 participating players from around the country were going through. The Pennsylvania native has been there, done that. In

Pro Day puts Showcase participants in front of scouts

October 4, 2022

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though players making up the elite MLB College Showcase roster have had their share of acclimating to a new country and new teammates, there’s nothing as familiar as stepping into the batting cage and digging in. After one week working with U.S. coaches, the 28 international prospects

Elite global talent gathers for MLB College Showcase

Event returns for first time since pandemic with 28 teenage players hailing from 11 countries
October 3, 2022

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Through the generations, young baseball players from all over the world have always come up the pipeline. And they are perhaps getting better. The MLB College Showcase is making a post-pandemic return for the first time in three years, bringing 28 players under age 20 and representing

Compton academy recognizes academic excellence

September 27, 2022

Seven months after holding its annual ceremony virtually due to precautions with the pandemic, the Academic Excellence Team, part of Major League Baseball's Compton Youth Academy, held its commemorative ceremony in person on Saturday at the Compton Youth Academy. The tradition awards student-athletes who had a GPA of 3.2 or

Kim Ng catches up with Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar

September 20, 2022

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Dominant Honolulu wins Hawaii's 4th LLWS title since '05

August 28, 2022

For the fourth time in 17 years, the state of Hawaii is home to the Little League World Series champion. Honolulu Little League (Honolulu, Hawaii) took home the crown with a 13-3 win over Pabao Little League (Willemstad, Curaçao) at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday.

Play Ball experience a hit for Queens community

August 28, 2022

Alongside a large scale backpack and sneaker giveaway, the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens, N.Y., hosted an MLB-sponsored, introductory-level baseball and softball event for children on Saturday. Hundreds gathered for the interactive Play Ball experience -- part of the MLB initiative that encourages youth to play baseball and softball.

Coaches rave about Softball Breakthrough Series MVP

August 27, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The local library’s fiction section just doesn’t do it for Ana Gonzalez. She enjoys reading self-help books. Maybe Gonzalez, a class of 2024 second baseman from Midlothian, Texas, should write some self-help books, too. “I love her positive energy,” Jennie Finch said. “She's not going to be

'Fun At Bat After School' launches nationwide

MLB, USA Baseball, Boys & Girls Clubs of America team up for program
August 18, 2022

More than 30,000 kids from Boys & Girls Clubs across the country will soon be stepping up to the plate with “Fun At Bat After School,” a major expansion of the free bat-and-ball instruction program co-sponsored by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. In an exclusive collaboration with Boys &

Little Leaguer uses work gloves as batting gloves -- and goes deep

August 12, 2022

Say hello to Aydin Jeffress. He plays for the Gillette Little League All-Star team representing Wyoming in the Mountain Region of the Little League World Series, and he is the definition of country strong. In Sunday’s Opening Round game versus Snow Canyon, Utah, Jeffress blasted a no-doubt, two-run homer in

44 elite players: 'Competition is very thick' at Aaron Invitational

August 1, 2022

ATLANTA -- In recent years, the Hank Aaron Invitational has hosted and developed some elite talent -- star Braves rookie Michael Harris II and four first-round picks from the 2022 MLB Draft including Termarr Johnson and Elijah Green are among the recent alumni. Time will tell if someone from the

How Aaron Invitational brought together high schooler, civil rights leader

July 31, 2022

ATLANTA -- Sunday’s Hank Aaron Invitational was a big moment for Florida high school shortstop George Lombard Jr., since he got to perform at a showcase on a Major League field. But it was especially sweet because of whom he got to meet before the game at Truist Park. Lombard’s

Pioneering coach Siegal eager to pave way for girls

Her organization, Baseball For All, holds Nationals tournament in Arizona
July 24, 2022

Justine Siegal envisions a future where no girl ever has to hear the words she’s been told thousands of times before. Girls can’t play baseball. When are you switching to softball? You should quit. Had Siegal given up on her love for baseball when first hearing those words at the

Lessons go beyond the diamond at Aaron Invitational

Reggie Smith reflects how meeting Jackie encouraged him to share experiences throughout career
July 22, 2022

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Former 17-year Major League Baseball veteran Reggie Smith finds himself in a unique situation this week: Teaching baseball at a facility named after his childhood hero. On Friday’s second day of the Hank Aaron Invitational, Smith traveled around the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, observing players as

Champs crowned in All-Star week baseball, softball championships

July 18, 2022

COMPTON, Calif. -- The Compton Youth Academy proved to be a gracious host for this week's baseball and softball tournaments among MLB programs from urban areas. Perhaps it was too gracious of a host. Compton's baseball and softball teams each fell in the championship games Monday, with the MLB Develops

At Compton academy, Commissioner marks return of All-Star youth events

Teams from across US compete in All-Star Commissioner's Cup, Jennie Finch Classic
July 17, 2022

COMPTON, Calif. -- Standing at the edge of the baseball field on the third-base side, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had a prime spot to watch Sunday’s All-Star Commissioner’s Cup action. At the Compton Youth Academy, where MLB’s movement to revive baseball in urban communities began in 2006, Manfred watched under-17

Standouts from the 2022 High School All-American Game

July 16, 2022

LOS ANGELES -- Scouts consider Aidan Miller one of the top hitters and overall top prospects in the 2023 high school class. He lived up to that reputation Friday afternoon at the Major League Baseball-USA Baseball High School All-American Game at Dodger Stadium. In the most star-studded prep showcase event

Alvarez fulfilling her 'why' at Girls Baseball EDI

July 9, 2022

VERO BEACH -- The chance to help girls realize the opportunities they have through baseball is why Veronica Alvarez coaches. “A big factor in my life is finding your ‘why,’ which gives you more purpose in everything you do,” Alvarez said. “My ‘why’ is to open doors for girls and

Girls Baseball EDI helping open doors for female players

July 8, 2022

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- At the inaugural Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational (EDI), players displayed grit in many different ways. Sophia Brown displays grit by continuing to play the sport her father got her into before he died. “Grit means many things,” Brown said. “I started playing baseball at the

Girls at Baseball EDI have 'potential to change the world'

July 8, 2022

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As Naomi Ryan displays her power at the plate, other players, including London Studer and Maggie Foxx, watch in awe. Ryan’s ability to hit line drives all over the field from both sides of the plate shows the progress girls have made on the diamond. “We’re

St. Lucie Mets' trailblazing women aim to inspire

Single-A affiliate's staff offers advice at Elite Development Invitational
June 19, 2022

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. -- In 2021, if you told Gretchen Aucoin she’d become a developmental coach in the New York Mets organization, she wouldn’t have believed it. “My biggest challenge was leaving where I was at and then basically trusting where I was going,” Aucoin said during a panel

Breakthrough Series MVP inspired by 'the Robinson way'

June 14, 2022

For Nazzan Zanetello, participating in the Breakthrough Series meant something bigger than baseball. So when he was named MVP, he didn’t talk about his skills on the field or how he’s ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 35 prospect in the class of 2023, but his style of play:

Pirates Play Ball clinic a big hit for local kids

June 13, 2022

On Sunday morning, there was plenty of on-field activity at PNC Park as the Pirates hosted more than 600 youth baseball and softball players, ages 5-14, for a free instructional clinic. The event was part of Major League Baseball’s Play Ball Weekend, which is designed to celebrate the game and

Let the kids play! All the Play Ball Weekend events

June 11, 2022

Play Ball Weekend is being celebrated in every Major League and Minor League market in baseball from June 10-12, with events taking place in more than 150 communities throughout the country. Here is a rundown of how clubs are celebrating the game and encouraging kids to play ball. AMERICAN LEAGUE