Major League Baseball hosted the fifth annual Jr. RBI Classic during All-Star Week 2013 in New York City. Eight baseball and four softball teams comprised of youth ages 11-12 participated in a friendly 36-game tournament.
Jr. RBI consists of playing divisions for young people ages 5 to 12, and serves as a feeder program for the 13 to 18 playing divisions of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI). RBI gave hundreds of young baseball and softball players from around the United States and Canada an opportunity to participate in several 2013 MLB All-Star Week events.
Players attended and participated in MLB All-Star Week events like T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, FanFest Legends Clinics, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Chevrolet Home Run Derby, and a skills clinic by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
Thank you to the New York Mets, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and Harlem RBI.
The Opening Ceremonies were held on July 12 at Hinton Park, 114th Street and 37th Avenue in Queens, NY.
College Point Fields (1 & 2)
Ulmer Street between 26th Avenue and 25th Avenue
Cunningham Park (1 & 5)
196th Street off Union Turnpike
Alley Athletic Playground (1 & 2)
Winchester Blvd. between Union Tpke and Grand Central Parkway
Lodging and meals were provided at St. Johns University.
In 2009, Major League Baseball launched the Jr. RBI playing divisions of the RBI to provide opportunities for young people ages 5 to 12 in underserved communities to play baseball and softball. The RBI program is designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, teach the value of teamwork and encourage academic success.
With the addition of Jr. RBI and the continued growth of the overall RBI program - together equaling increased opportunities for underserved youth around the world. In 2013, over 9,500 youth ages 5-12 will participate in Jr. RBI baseball and softball programs.