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Reds Youth Academy hosts JRD showcase

April 21, 2021

Ever since Major League Baseball declared April 15 Jackie Robinson Day back in 2004, the league and the Reds have celebrated the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson in many ways. One of those traditions unique to Cincinnati is the Jackie Robinson Showcase, which returned last weekend as part of

Reds Youth Academy unites kids, coaches

April 9, 2021

Despite the ebb and flow of the past 13 months surrounding the pandemic, the Reds Community Fund has reintroduced some of its popular baseball and softball programming. Opportunities to get kids back to the P&G MLB Reds Youth Academy have grown in the last couple months, thanks to the Reds

Play Ball connects DC kids to the game

Event also included Nats' mascot Screech helping with passing out bats and balls
March 17, 2021

On Saturday in the nation's capital, mostly human volunteers -- and Screech, the Washington Nationals' mascot -- converged to put together something special. From the safety of their cars, adhering to Covid-19 prevention protocols, children in the local community were handed bat-and-ball sets that will springboard baseball and softball activity

MLB helping XULA launch baseball, softball

February 23, 2021

The New Orleans MLB Youth Academy, which is operated by Major League Baseball, and Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) in New Orleans, have partnered to help launch the university’s 2021 baseball and softball seasons in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). This

Reds Youth Academy hosts BHM art project

February 22, 2021

Local artist Brent Billingsley joined boys and girls from several Cincinnati Jr. RBI baseball and softball teams for a special Black History Month art project on Saturday. Billingsley and each group of young ballplayers worked on a unique project at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy in celebration of

Davis speaks to Black youth on MLK Day

January 19, 2021

CINCINNATI -- Finding opportunities in the game for people of color remains a large issue facing Major League Baseball. For the young people at the beginning of the journey, it can seem daunting with few personal examples of those who have succeeded. The new Reds Elite Development Series aims to

DREAM Series ends with talk on social issues

January 18, 2021

The final chapter of the weekend-long virtual DREAM Series took place on Monday in the form of an hour-long conversation between some of baseball’s most visible African American ambassadors. MLB Network host Fran Charles moderated a lively, insightful conversation intended to reach scores of young athletes who would, in more

4 prospects reflect on past at DREAM Series

January 17, 2021

Simeon Woods Richardson was on the other side of this seminar not too long ago. He was getting tips from young Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers whose ranks he aspired to soon join. (Marcus Stroman, a fellow fast-working right-hander, was who he looked up to most.) He was in high

CC, Stroman talk strategy at DREAM Series

January 17, 2021

Though the many young ballplayers participating in Major League Baseball’s virtual DREAM Series this weekend weren’t able to play in actual games, they still received a wealth of knowledge from some of the game’s best. MLB hosted several online panel discussions on a variety of topics, with lively conversations touching

Wash, Scioscia dish wisdom at DREAM Series

January 17, 2021

What do you get when you put Jerry Manuel, Ron Washington and Mike Scioscia on a Zoom call? A dream team of successful big league skippers, and as much baseball knowledge as you can handle in 60 minutes. The triumvirate represented three of the 2021 DREAM Series expert panelists, covering

Williams, Touki give back to DREAM Series

January 15, 2021

Brewers right-hander Devin Williams and Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint are living the dream of playing in the big leagues. As young as they are, both Toussaint, 24, and Williams, 26, gave back to the baseball community by participating in the 2021 DREAM Series, a showcase event focused on the dynamics

Hearn surprises Cox with Texas' youth award

December 29, 2020

It was supposed to be a conversation about the baseball recruiting process and the next steps to take his game to the collegiate level. At least that’s what Kevin Daniel Cox, a participant at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota, was expecting

Pirates help coaches with virtual clinic

November 16, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Speaking on a Zoom call last Friday evening, Pirates coaches and staff couldn’t limit themselves to just one answer when asked a simple question: Growing up, which coach had a big influence on your life and career? For manager Derek Shelton, it was his father as well as

Drive-thru Play Ball event a hit in Philly

October 24, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Kids from across the area received some early treats on Saturday at a special drive-thru Play Ball event hosted by St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Philadelphia. Former Phillies players Mickey Morandini and Milt Thompson were among those on hand to greet fans as they drove

MLB honors grassroots stars with DS cutouts

October 7, 2020

Though fans are not in the stands for the start of the historic 2020 postseason, MLB has managed to cut out space to honor some of its most special supporters. At the four ballparks hosting Division Series games -- Globe Life Field, Minute Maid Park, Petco Park and Dodger Stadium

Girls Baseball EDI goes digital for 2020

September 22, 2020

As the 2020 MLB regular season rounds third and heads home for a wall-to-wall month of postseason ball, school returns to session. This year's Girls Baseball Elite Development Invitational, held in digital form, has led off with an array of sessions designed to teach high school female baseball players, ages

Reds UYA star Bowers wins RBI scholarship

September 1, 2020

Former Cincinnati Reds RBI participant and Gamble Montessori graduate Alvin Bowers received one of 12 “RBI for RBI” scholarships awarded by Major League Baseball. The scholarship is given to incoming college freshmen who are alumni of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, a youth baseball and softball initiative

Tribe, Angels to play '21 Little League Classic

August 23, 2020

The Indians and Angels will play in next year’s MLB Little League Classic, scheduled to take place on Aug. 22, 2021, at the renovated Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Little League International announced next year’s matchup Sunday morning. The

Negro Leagues history extra special in KC

Members of Urban Youth Academy discuss impact of anniversary
August 14, 2020

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum houses many vital elements of baseball’s past. But just a few steps from the museum is a place that features baseball’s present and future. The Kansas City Urban Youth Academy (UYA) opened in 2018 in the historic 18th and Vine District, just outside the museum

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