Chicago White Sox RBI to face Miami Marlins RBI in Junior Division Championship
Arizona RBI and Miami Marlins RBI, Both Undefeated, To Play in Senior Division Championship
Championship Games will be Played Tomorrow Friday, August 9th, at Renovated Holman Stadium; Sr. Championship Game will Stream LIVE on MLB.com Starting at 11:30 am ET
Teams from Arizona, Chicago and Miami will compete in the baseball championships of the 2019 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series tomorrow Friday, August 9th at a renovated Homan Stadium at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla. In the Junior Division, Chicago White Sox RBI, who won the Junior Division Championship in 2016, will take on Miami Marlins RBI, tomorrow, Friday, August 9th, beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. E.T.
Arizona RBI, which took home the Senior Baseball Division Championship in 2016, and Miami Marlins RBI will vie for the Senior Baseball Division Championship at approximately 11:30 a.m. CT. The teams from Miami will look to secure the first championship for the city since 2015. The Senior Championship game will stream LIVE on MLB.com.
Brett Dolan will call play-by-play for the baseball championships with former Major League All-Star Dmitri Young providing analysis. MLB.com’s Shannon Ford will provide on-air reporting for both games.
Chicago enters the Jr. Division Championship Game with a 3-2 tournament record. Pitcher and outfielder Sean Moore leads the team with a .400 batting average and outfielder Cameron Hill leading with 5 RBIs. Over the course of the international tournament, pitcher Colin Alexander threw seven innings of shutout ball allowing just four hits. The junior division Miami team enters with a 2-3 record. Shortstop Anthony Lopez leads the Marlins with a .471, which included eight hits and two runs scored. Pitcher Ismael Acosta made four appearances, tossing 11 innings without allowing an earned run and fanning seven batters.
Both Arizona and Miami will enter the Sr. Division Championship with an undefeated record of 4-0. Arizona’s pitcher and infielder Nathan Rohlicek enters the Championship game with a division-leading .692 batting average and six runs scored. On the mound, Rohlicek pitched four innings allowing just one run. Miami Shortstop Jamal Johnson leads the team in both batting average (0.462) and doubles (3).
The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants throughout the program’s 31-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. There have been more than 95 RBI alumni selected between the 2013-2019 MLB Drafts. Specifically, in 2019, eight alumni of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program selected in the Draft. RBI alumni who have appeared in the Major Leagues in 2019 include the following: Justin Upton (Los Angeles Angels), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Eloy Jimenez (Chicago White Sox), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), Ozzie Albies (Atlanta Braves), Jackie Bradley Jr. (Boston Red Sox), J.P. Crawford (Seattle Mariners), Dominic Smith (New York Mets), Josh Harrison (Detroit Tigers), Hector Santiago (New York Mets), Touki Touissant (Atlanta Braves), Nomar Mazara (Texas Rangers), Steven Souza, Jr. (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Chris Iannetta (Colorado Rockies). Jimenez (Dominican Republic RBI – ’12), Mazara (Dominican Republic RBI – ‘11), Crawford (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI – ‘09) and Smith (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI – ‘09) have each played in the RBI World Series.
The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves young men and women in over 300 programs in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information about the RBI World Series, please visit MLB.com/rbiworldseries.