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D-backs’ Youth Jersey Program encourages kids

March 7, 2020

Los Ninos Little League president Sammy Rodriguez saw a young girl with a disappointed look on her face. She wasn’t interested in being at the Tucson-based league’s registration desk, and she certainly didn’t have any interest in participating in the upcoming youth baseball season. Hoping to change her mind, Rodriguez

MLB GRIT tour for girls makes stop in NY

February 16, 2020

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Alexia Jorge was 3 years old when she started playing baseball. When her father needed one more player for her 5-year-old brother’s T-ball team, he turned to his daughter, not knowing where it might lead. Once Jorge started, there was no stopping her. From T-ball to

MLB GRIT tour visits Chicago on final day

February 15, 2020

CHICAGO -- Seventeen-year-old catcher Madison Femia, from Geneva, Ill., has had an opportunity to play with some of the country's best players in girls baseball via MLB’s Trailblazers Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series. Now she’s excited that other girls get to do the same. Femia was among 30 girls

Dawson, Weeks, Webster reflect on time at HBCUs

February 15, 2020

NEW ORLEANS -- There was no shortage of star power on Saturday at the MLB New Orleans Youth Academy, site of the Andre Dawson Classic, a three-day tournament featuring six Historically Black Colleges and Universities plus the University of Orleans. The headliner, of course, was the tournament's namesake -- Andre

MLB GRIT girls tour makes stop in Vero Beach

February 2, 2020

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As the Super Bowl played out on Sunday in South Florida, a couple of hours up the road, approximately 20 youth baseball players were putting together their own kind of big hits at another famous venue. And they were all girls. “This is great, not a

'The sky is the limit' for Dream Series seniors

January 19, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The son of a former Major Leaguer, Marquis Grissom Jr. was born into baseball. Grissom spent the first part of his life learning the game. He has spent the last 3 1/2 years fine-tuning those skills through MLB developmental programs like the Dream Series. In a few

Play Ball: Carrasco hosts military families

January 10, 2020

TAMPA -- As Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco took part in the Play Ball event during the World Series at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, he immediately knew that he wanted to bring the same level of joy to the kids in the Tampa Bay area, where he resides during the offseason.

Nimmo, Davis help Mets deliver holiday cheer

December 4, 2019

NEW YORK -- One would have thought Wednesday was Christmas Day at Citi Field. But the kids at the Mets’ ballpark were not complaining that presents arrived early. Why? The Mets were hosting schoolchildren at their annual Kids Holiday Party in the Foxwoods Club at Citi Field. The festivities lasted

Players from 10 countries convene for Showcase

Young international talent having 'memorable experience' at 10-day event in Arizona
October 7, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A group of young players from across the globe is getting a taste of the college life and learning that the terms “student” and “athlete” are not mutually exclusive. This week, more than 30 high school-aged amateur players from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America are

A glimpse into MLB thousands of miles from home

High school-aged amateur players from 10 countries participate in Major League Baseball College Showcase
October 4, 2019

PHOENIX -- Finn Bergmann stepped on the field Friday afternoon at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for batting practice with his brand new teammates, a group composed of players from all around the world, and saw an opportunity. If he doesn’t go pro one day, he could play at a small college

Play Ball celebrates Jackie's youth at his HS

September 21, 2019

PASADENA, Calif. -- Pepper Street was quiet on Saturday afternoon, in stark contrast to the baseball field just a mile and a half north, which was bustling with activity from ground balls to pop flies, line drives to baserunning. The Play Ball event at John Muir High School was the

Play Ball brings game home for Finch, Daigle

September 14, 2019

VINTON, La. – Under a steamy Louisiana sun, two-time Olympian Jennie Finch and her husband, former Major League pitcher Casey Daigle, ran kids through the fundamentals of the sport they love with hopes of inspiring a new generation of ball players. Daigle’s own hometown of Vinton, La., hosted MLB’s Play

Durham Triple Play wins RBI World Series debut

August 6, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- While other teams and RBI programs have been here before, the Durham Triple Play Senior Division squad is making the most of its first trip to the RBI World Series. On Monday, Durham performed like seasoned veterans, with many players contributing to a 7-6 victory over

Let them play: Baseball is a hit with kids 

Participation rates are growing compared to other sports
August 1, 2019

School is still briefly but blissfully out in much of the country as we enter August, and the month has become known not just as the “dog days” of baseball summer but the youth days, as well. The kids are away, so they come out and play. From the Reviving

Hank Aaron Invitational offers glimpse of future

Dawson, Clark impart big league wisdom as two-week camp wraps up
August 1, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- As this year's Hank Aaron Invitational draws to a close, it was once again fitting that a city and stadium so imbued with history should be home to much of baseball's future. It was a meeting of baseball minds from all walks of life on Wednesday,

Future of MLB on display at Aaron Invitational

Manfred 'tremendously encouraged' by visit to high school event
July 30, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Catcher Chase Call had a message for Commissioner Rob Manfred, who’s visiting the Hank Aaron Invitational to speak with him and the other players set to impact his league soon. After Manfred autographed his jersey and they posed for a picture, Call said, “Hopefully it’s not

Griffey Jr. inspires at Hank Aaron Invitational

Hall of Famer shares knowledge with high school players during the week-long program
July 25, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- It has been 12 years since Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. made one of the most impactful uniform changes in sports history. On April 15, 2007, Griffey Jr., then a Cincinnati Red, ran onto Chicago’s Wrigley Field donning a No. 42 jersey instead of his

Hank Aaron Invitational special for young catcher

Chicago native Seymore, 14, feels connection with great-grandfather's Negro Leagues experience
July 22, 2019

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A few of the 130 young baseball players from diverse backgrounds who arrived at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex for the first week of the Hank Aaron Invitational (formerly the Elite Development Invitational) may have little knowledge of the famous man whose name is on the

Hank Aaron Invitational launches in Florida

Elite Development tourney rebranded in honor of all-time great
July 22, 2019

Beginning this year, Major League Baseball has ensured that the names of two of the game's most historic and impactful players are prominently displayed at several of their most prestigious youth events. The venue for many of these events is called the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, which before this year

Finch motivates softball players at EDI camp

July 15, 2019

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 

July 15, 2019

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
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

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
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
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