Major League Baseball announced the new "MLB4" (www.MLB.com/MLB4) tournament on Tuesday, a collegiate baseball showcase event featuring some of the best programs in the nation, including the Vanderbilt University Commodores (Vanderbilt), University of Virginia Cavaliers (Virginia), Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU), and California State University, Fullerton Titans (Cal State
Major League Baseball announced the new "MLB4" (www.MLB.com/MLB4) tournament on Tuesday, a collegiate baseball showcase event featuring some of the best programs in the nation, including the Vanderbilt University Commodores (Vanderbilt), University of Virginia Cavaliers (Virginia), Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TCU), and California State University, Fullerton Titans (Cal State Fullerton). The inaugural MLB4 is scheduled for February 15th-17th, which is traditionally the college baseball season's opening weekend with multiple tournaments across the country, and will be located at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., the shared Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
As per the below schedule, teams will play three games during the MLB4 tournament. The game between Vanderbilt and Virginia on Friday, February 15th at 5:00 p.m. Arizona Time will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com. Highlights and game casts of all other MLB4 games will be available on MLB.com/MLB4.
Below is the tournament schedule (all times Arizona Time):
Date Time Teams
Feb. 15 1:00 p.m. TCU vs. Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 15 5:00 p.m. Vanderbilt vs. Virginia
Date Time Teams
Feb. 16 1:00 p.m. Cal State Fullerton vs. Vanderbilt
Feb. 16 5:00 p.m. Virginia vs. TCU
Date Time Teams
Feb. 17 11:00 a.m. Vanderbilt vs. TCU
Feb. 17 3:00 p.m. Cal State Fullerton vs. Virginia
*This game will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com.
"MLB is very pleased to launch the new 'MLB4' tournament to highlight just a touch of the great baseball being played all around our country at this time of the year," said Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball. "College baseball is a cornerstone of our sport's pipeline, and it is important that we continue to emphasize attention toward this segment of the game. The four programs selected to participate in this inaugural event are among the best and we are excited to bring a great product to fans in Arizona this February."
In addition to MLB4, MLB will host the "Andre Dawson Classic" at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy that same weekend. The event has been named after the Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos legend who is one of only two HBCU baseball-playing alumni enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2019 edition of the event, formerly known as the "Urban Invitational," will feature eight collegiate baseball teams, seven of which are from HBCU programs.
In June, the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Honoring Omaha's baseball tradition, the first Major League game ever held in Nebraska will be televised nationally by ESPN and will be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha - one day before the Opening Celebration Day of the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Men's College World Series and two days before the event's first game. GEICO will be the presenting sponsor of the event as part of the new GEICO Summer Series. The game resulted from an agreement between MLB, the NCAA, Minor League Baseball, the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers and Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).