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Players Alliance backs Vandy commit's clinic

@feinsand
November 24, 2021

RJ Austin has been a standout player throughout his high school career, but the 17-year-old stood out this week for a different reason. Austin held his second annual baseball clinic on Wednesday, hosting more than 40 children between the ages of 7-13 in Lithia Springs, Ga., to teach hitting, fielding

College next for Youth Academy standouts 

@ladsonbill24
November 9, 2021

There was a lot to celebrate for young baseball and softball players in Compton, Calif., and New Orleans on Saturday as Major League Baseball’s Youth Academies in those areas hosted ceremonial collegiate commitment letter signings at their facilities. A group of academy members participated in the ceremony, while others had

MLB GRIT invites top female players to Boston

Marika Lyszczyk, first female catcher to play NCAA baseball, among coaches at event
@garciamegan_
September 30, 2021

The plan for the game's future talent is in motion, which is to take over a Major League field. From different countries to various levels across the United States, female baseball players are getting the opportunity to hone their skills in preparation for uncharted territory: professional baseball. Major League Baseball's

Michigan defeats Ohio for 1st LLWS since '59

@MannyOnMLB
August 29, 2021

For the first time in 62 years, the state of Michigan is home to the Little League World Series champions. Jackson Surma drove in four runs and the pitching duo of Ethan Van Belle and Gavin Ulin combined for 10 strikeouts in Taylor North Little League's 5-2 victory over Ohio

No? No! LLWS star helps twirl two no-hitters

Lefty hurler Weir draws praise from NFL MVP Mahomes
@mattkellyMLB
August 25, 2021

Gavin Weir is forgetting what it’s like to allow hits. Patrick Mahomes is starting to notice. In the year of the no-hitter in the Major Leagues (an AL/NL Modern Era record eight and counting in 2021 so far), Weir is keeping the H column empty at the Little League World

Red Sox, O's set for '22 Little League Classic

August 22, 2021

The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox are the next teams up to head to Williamsport, Pa. to play in the 2022 “MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO,” as announced today by Major League Baseball (MLB) and Little League International. The game, which will be held on Sunday, August

Another no-hitter? This one no small feat

@ByNickAguilera
August 21, 2021

Eli Jones, welcome to the history books. Jones, out of Eastlake Little League in Washington, became the first player to toss a solo no-hitter of six-plus innings since 2015 in the Little League World Series on Saturday, keeping Martin County North Little League from Florida at bay during a 1-0

Kids have big day, Q&A with Reds players

August 20, 2021

Ten young baseball players from the Joe Morgan Association enjoyed a special day at Great American Ball Park when the Players Alliance “Gear For Good” tour rolled through Cincinnati. The Players Alliance represents a group of 150 current and former Black professional baseball players who are dedicated to their mission

Chamberlain brings 'passion' to youth softball

August 10, 2021

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Former college superstar Lauren Chamberlain has been retired from softball for three years, but she is still a force to be reckoned with in the game. The 28-year-old Chamberlain was invited by Major League Baseball to be the organization’s newest Youth Softball Ambassador, and she was

44 youth hit field to honor Aaron's legacy 

Standouts from Hank Aaron Invitational selected to play showcase game at Truist Park
July 31, 2021

As the sun set on the Hank Aaron Invitational, approximately 100 participants walked away from the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla., as different players. After a week of elite training, they were now better prepared to navigate the landscapes of college and professional baseball -- both on

Aaron's principles celebrated at Invitational

July 31, 2021

ATLANTA -- In his 86 years, Hank Aaron touched and changed countless lives, in Atlanta and around the world. While Aaron is no longer with us -- he passed away on Jan. 22 -- the principles for which he stood, the causes for which he fought and the righteous examples

Reds RBI sends 2 teams to RBI World Series

July 30, 2021

For the first time since the Reds Community Fund began operating the Reds RBI program in 2007, there will be two teams representing Cincinnati at the RBI World Series. The senior baseball and softball teams advanced after winning their East Regional tournaments in Indianapolis earlier in July. The RBI boys'

Junior shares wisdom at Aaron Invitational

@savjaye
July 29, 2021

During the short time that Ken Griffey Jr. and his dad shared a dugout, he learned more about hitting than ever before. He said that his father looked at him not as his son, but as a teammate during that time -- a distinction that became important for both Griffey’s

Youth event preserves Negro Leagues legacy

Hank Aaron Invitational participants share what the Negro Leagues mean to them
@savjaye
July 28, 2021

Week two of the Hank Aaron Invitational is underway at the Jackie Robinson Training Center in Vero Beach, Fla. Around 250 high school-aged baseball players have been invited to learn from the best. Not only will they receive elite-level training, but they will play alongside some of the top recruits

Aaron Invy aims to take players to next level

July 27, 2021

The 2021 Hank Aaron Invitational has taken on a special meaning, as its Hall of Famer namesake passed away in January. If Aaron were still around, the legend would surely be blown away by the breadth of talent playing in the development event that bears his name. From newcomers to

Baseball For All nationals 'pure fun' for girls

Annual tournament sees participation skyrocket in 2021
July 22, 2021

Girls shouldn’t play baseball. At least, that’s what Justine Siegal’s baseball coach told her when she was 13 years old. Siegal disagreed. In fact, that moment motivated her to make her mark on the sport. Since then, Siegal has made history. She became the first woman to coach in a

HAI inspires urban youth to dream big

July 22, 2021

One hundred amateur ballplayers ages 13-18 are receiving an unforgettable experience this week at the Hank Aaron Invitational in Vero Beach, Fla., For some, this isn’t their first experience with MLB’s development programs. Several players at the invitational have also participated in MLB’s Youth Academies. First baseman and outfielder Solomon

'Love to see it': HAI's pipeline is growing

@ladsonbill24
July 22, 2021

At the Hank Aaron Invitational in Vero Beach, Fla., there are more than 200 kids -- ages 13-18 -- who have dreams of becoming Major League baseball players. They have a chance to improve their skills by listening to instructors who played the game such as Dave Winfield and Jerry

Winfield shares wisdom at Aaron Invitational

July 19, 2021

On July 12, the baseball world was wowed by Pete Alonso's dazzling Home Run Derby triumph. Thriving on the Mile High City’s altitude, he launched 74 home runs -- 20 of which went farther than 475 feet -- defending his title with the flair that young ballplayers dream of. Days

MLB GRIT offers girls an All-Star experience

July 14, 2021

In 1994, the Colorado Silver Bullets was the sole professional all-women’s baseball team in the country. The Silver Bullets played against amateur, semi-pro and Minor League men’s teams, pulling off one winning season (23-22) before shuttering in 1997. On Friday, a new group of young women took the field in

'Play Ball Summer -- Sandlot' launches

New MLB and U.S. Conference of Mayors campaign holds first event as part of All-Star festivities in Denver
@MannyOnMLB
July 10, 2021

DENVER -- The city of Denver is all dressed up and the region is abuzz with excitement for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game, the second Midsummer Classic it’s hosted and the first in 23 years. As the stars begin to arrive for Monday’s Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s game, countless

Doc attends Mets' youth event in Queens

July 2, 2021

Major League Baseball and the New York Mets partnered with the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York to host a Play Ball event in Jamaica, N.Y., on June 26. At St. Albans Park, just down the block from the church, local youths participated in baseball and softball activities, including a

Breakthrough Series special for Collier family

@ladsonbill24
June 11, 2021

The smile on Lou Collier’s face tells you how much he loves the game of baseball. Here he is, 14 years after playing his last game in professional baseball, coaching in the 2021 Breakthrough Series in Vero Beach, Fla.

MLB ID Tour featured 4 showcases in May

@savjaye
May 25, 2021

Creating a developmental pipeline for young players -- specifically those of color -- is the primary goal of MLB’s ID Tour. The program, started in 2019, aims to make baseball more accessible to all players and identify talent through showcase events. “We look for kids coming from the inner city

Softball player FLIES over fence to rob HR

May 22, 2021

Every kid from the first day of practice to the final out of their careers dreams of making the highlight reel and helping their team win a title. For Bear River High School center fielder Olivia Taylor, dreams became reality Saturday afternoon as she made a spectacular leaping corkscrew catch