Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)

2014 Jr. RBI Classic - July 10-14


Major League Baseball (MLB) hosted the sixth annual Jr. RBI Classic during All-Star Week 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. Eight baseball and four softball teams comprised of youth ages 11-12 participated in a friendly tournament. Jr. RBI, playing divisions for players ages 5-12, is the feeder program for the 13-18 year baseball and softball divisions of RBI. Uniforms, equipment and game apparel was provided by MLB.

RBI gave hundreds of young baseball and softball players from around the United States and Canada an opportunity to participate in several 2014 MLB All-Star Week events like MLB All-Star FanFest, FanFest Legends Clinics, Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, XM All-Star Futures Game, Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, Home Run Derby, and a skills clinic by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

In partnership with Kids Against Hunger, players participated in a community service project, packaging meals for underserved communities around the world, on Friday, July 11. Bank of America supported the project with 25 volunteers.

Playing Fields and Schedule

Jr. RBI Classic Opening Ceremonies were part of the Sid Hartman All-Star Field Dedication (Northeast Athletic Park) on Thursday, July 10 at 7:30pm.

Baseball Fields

Bill Peterson Field
1221 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

El Rio Vista/Gilbert de la O Field
179 Robie Street East
St. Paul, MN 55107

Jim Kelly Field
1221 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Rod Carew Field
St. Anthony Parkway & Marshall Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Softball Fields

Dunning East and West
1188 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55450

Lodging and meals were provided at Concordia University.

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Participating Teams and League Summaries

Minnesota Twins RBI - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN:
The Minnesota Twins RBI program provides enhanced opportunities in baseball and softball to more than 4,800 youth age 10-18. Minnesota Twins RBI is celebrating its 21st year as a member of the RBI program.
Willie Mays RBI - Birmingham, AL:
A member of the RBI program since 2013, the Willie Mays RBI program seeks to mentor Birmingham, AL area youth, while promoting the fundamentals of the game, as well as education, sportsmanship, and teamwork to more than 200 youth age 5-12.
Durham Triple Play RBI - Durham, NC:
Through providing academic support, conditioning clinics, and open practices, Durham Triple Play seeks to bring baseball back to more than 100 inner-city youth in North Carolina. This is Durham's first year with RBI.
City of Lancaster Recreation RBI - Lancaster, TX:
By increasing fitness, camaraderie, confidence, and intelligence, Lancaster RBI has revived the game of baseball to almost 300 youth in the North Texas region since 2012.
Mt. Vernon RBI - Mt. Vernon, NY
Besides baseball and softball instruction, Mt. Vernon RBI instills life lessons ranging from teamwork to sportsmanship, to almost 250 youth in Westchester County since 2012.
Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI - Pawtucket, RI:
This summer, more than 330 youth will participate in the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's RBI program. Pawtucket RBI celebrates its 25th anniversary as a member of the RBI program this year.
Blue Jays Baseball Academy Rookie League Jr RBI - Saskatoon, SK, Canada:
Since joining RBI in 2009 -in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada -- the Jays Care Foundation RBI program offers a safe, fun, active and engaging baseball program for more than 7,500 kids ages 5-13 - throughout Canada - who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in organized or recreational baseball.
Tampa RBI - Tampa, FL:
Since joining RBI in 1989, Tampa RBI's goal has been to reach inner-city youth through sports and education. This year 300 youth between the ages of 8 and 18 will participate in Tampa RBI's baseball and softball programs.
RBI Austin - Austin, TX:
With a vision to transform the inner-city Austin community, RBI Austin seeks to empower more than 200 youth age 5-18 through baseball, softball, and long-term mentor relationships, so they can lead the transformation in their communities. RBI Austin has been a member of the RBI program since 2011.
Baltimore Orioles RBI - Baltimore, MD:
By giving more than 500 children in the Baltimore City area a chance to play the sport they love, Baltimore Orioles RBI gives their participants a chance to meet Major League players, be recognized as athletes, as well as other professional opportunities.
Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas RBI - Little Rock, AR:
Since 2003, the mission of the Central Arkansas RBI program has been to provide more than 200 youth an opportunity to participate in recreational baseball and softball during the summer months.

Jr. RBI and RBI Information, History and Impact

In 2010 Jr. RBI was launched, designed to create new playing divisions that provide baseball and softball opportunities for children ages 5-12 that also serve as a feeder to the current RBI 13-18 baseball and softball divisions. The RBI program is designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, teach the value of teamwork and encourage academic success. RBI enters its 26th year of play in 2014. From its inception in 1989 through the 2014 season, RBI has grown from a local program for boys in South Central Los Angeles to an international campaign encompassing more than 200 cities and as many as 200,000 male and female participants a year.