Major League Baseball youth programs Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and Wanna Play? hosted several local and national youth on Saturday prior to Game 3 of the World Series in St. Louis.
Together, they have traveled from the small stage to the big one. Several graduates of Major League Baseball's RBI program have gone on to stardom in the big leagues, and a few were still alive in the Postseason entering October 2. Six of the 10 playoff teams, in fact, had at least one alumnus of the RBI program on board.
Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa is funding the entire RBI program for 25 baseball teams and 12 softball teams in the Denver area. His contribution provides not only uniforms, but umpire fees, coach stipends, equipment and balls for the teams the Rockies sponsor in Adams, Aurora, Denver, Jefferson and Weld Counties in Colorado.
With an emotionally-charged 4-3 win over Houston on Wednesday, Atlanta claimed the 2013 RBI World Series title -- its eighth in tournament history, and the most of any softball team.
RBI Atlanta claimed the softball championship at the 21st annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. RBI Atlanta, who finished the tournament with a 4-4 record, won their eighth Softball Division Championship after winning seven consecutive Softball Division Championships from 2001 to 2007 with a 42-0 record over those seven years.
The softball participants of the 2013 RBI World Series spent their final night together at the closing banquet, with a special appearance from the Commissioner of National Pro Fastpitch Cheri Kempf.
Atlanta entered the playoffs as a No. 4 seed, but head coach Richard Lee had his team ready and they upset No. 1 Santo Domingo and then beat Cleveland to earn a trip to the championship game vs. Houston at Target Field.
Santo Domingo, DR and Harrisburg, PA have earned the #1 seeds in their respective softball playoff brackets at the 21st annual RBI World Series. Playoffs begin on Tuesday, August 13 in St. Paul, MN.
About 150 softball players spent time packing meals on Monday for "Kids Against Hunger," a nonprofit organization headquartered in Minnesota that seeks to provide malnourished kids around the world with healthy food.
Harrisburg RBI started the day Sunday with a grind against Atlanta RBI, taking a 7-6 win. Harrisburg didn't relent in the afternoon as it charged past Houston, 5-2 -- joining Santo Domingo RBI with an unbeaten 4-0 record.
Each of the eight RBI World Series Softball teams played a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, and three walked away with perfect 2-0 records -- Houston, Harrisburg and Santo Domingo.
With the baseball champions crowned, it's time for softball to take center stage in the RBI World Series. Softball tournament games are scheduled to be played through Wednesday on various fields throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. On Friday night, the softball teams got the chance for a quick celebration with a banquet at Target Field before play starts on Saturday.
When asked how it felt to finally win the RBI World Series, Harrisburg head coach Chuck Fackler turned to his team and shouted, "Hey guys, How does it feel to win this game?" Amid awesomes and greats, one voice rang out above the others: "It's about freaking time!" For the first time in program history, Harrisburg claimed the Senior title with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Tampa.
Harrisburg won the Senior Championship at the 2013 RBI World Series, defeating Tampa 4-3 in a hotly-contested seven-inning game at Target Field. It was the first-ever RBI World Series championship for a Harrisburg team.
The Dominican Republic's three-year reign as the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Junior Division World Series champions came to an end on Thursday afternoon. The Boys and Girls Club of Venice, Calif., RBI team, led by pitcher Jay Sterner, toppled Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with a 2-0 victory at Target Field.
Venice captured the Junior Baseball Division Championship of the 2013 RBI World Series with a 2-0 win over Santo Domingo at Target Field. Venice finished with a 4-1 record, including a 10-0 victory over Pawtucket in the semifinals.
A group of RBI players will receive the experience of a lifetime in Minneapolis, Minn. when they take the field today at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, to represent their respective cities in the championship games of the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series.
Entering Wednesday's playoff, Tampa RBI had not tallied a single win in three games of Senior Division play. But it got hot at the right time, surging through the day and earning a bid to Thursday's championship game vs. Harrisburg.
Harrisburg RBI topped the Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI in semifinal action on Wednesday in Minneapolis. Harrisburg and Tampa will face off in the Senior Division championship game on Thursday at Target Field.
Tuesday storms delayed Wednesday's activities, pushing the games to a late afternoon start. But once teams in the Junior and Senior divisions were able to start making moves toward the championship, upsets highlighted the evening.
Both Chicago, Ill. baseball teams as well as teams from Detroit, Mich. and Harrisburg, Penn. have earned the #1 seeds in their respective playoff brackets at the 2013 RBI World Series. All teams are competing in elimination games on Wednesday, August 7th for the opportunity to play in the championship games at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, on Thursday, August 8th.
Incoming evening storms couldn't put a damper on the final games of round-robin play on Day Two of the RBI World Series. In Junior play, Venice earned its second win in the tournament with a 14-2 victory over Chicago.
Both Harrisburg and Venice RBI jumped out to 2-0 records in the Senior Division on the first day of play in Minnesota. In the Junior Division, Detroit, Miami and Venice opened up with wins.
Before the RBI World Series baseball players could unwind with an afternoon at Target Field, they had to put some work in. Each team spent time on the field running drills on Sunday morning before the start of competition on Monday. The workout day also served as a great chance for the players to show college and MLB scouts what they can do.
It may be their first trips to the RBI World Series, but both Southwest Region Champions -- New Orleans RBI (junior) and Mississippi RBI (senior) -- mean business and are determined to win.
Major League Baseball today announced the participating teams of the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, which will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins for the third consecutive year. The 2013 RBI World Series features young men and women on 24 youth baseball and softball RBI teams representing 18 cities from around the United States and the Dominican Republic.
Pitchers in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York will have the opportunity to author a memorable performance and contribute to a great cause, thanks to Head & Shoulders. If a pitcher strikes out the side during the second inning of the Midsummer Classic, the official shampoo of Major League Baseball will make a $1 million donation to RBI.
Major League Baseball has extended a special invitation to a youth baseball team from Newtown, Connecticut to play in the 5th annual Jr. RBI Classic during MLB All-Star Week to round out the 12 teams scheduled to play in the friendly, round-robin tournament.
RBI announced its 2013 schedule for the RBI World Series and the RBI Regionals. The RBI Regionals, which are the qualifying rounds to determine berths for the 2013 RBI World Series, will take place from June 27th through July 22nd in cities throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Championship games for several RBI Regional tournaments will be played at MLB ballparks.
More than one hundred young baseball and softball players in the RBI program will participate in the 5th annual Jr. RBI Classic, a friendly, round-robin tournament held each year during MLB All-Star Week. The event provides the kids with the opportunity to participate in MLB All-Star Week events and other off-field experiences, including rooming on a college campus and meeting current and former Major Leaguers.
Fourteen alumni from Major League Baseball's RBI program were selected in the 2013 MLB Player Draft. The selections included New York Mets first round pick Dominic Smith (11th overall) and Philadelphia Phillies first round pick J.P. Crawford (16th overall), who are both alumni of the Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI program and the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton.
Dominic Smith and J.P. Crawford are products of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) initiatives, given a helping hand in taking them from a baseball field in Compton, Calif., to a "dream" day on Thursday. Now the close friends are on the path to becoming National League rivals.
J.P. Crawford, a prep shortstop from Lakewood High School in California, is making his first trip to New York this week for the first round of the First-Year Player Draft. Crawford and friend and fellow prep star Dominic Smith represent the next wave of talent with ties to Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy and RBI program.
Major League Baseball Charities (MLB) has awarded college scholarships, each valued at $5,000 per year, to 12 high school seniors who participate in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative.
For the third consecutive year, the RBI World Series will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins, with baseball and softball tournament games scheduled to be played from August 3rd to 14th on various fields throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball tournament of the RBI program.
Prince Harry seemed reluctant to show off his hitting form as he explored Harlem RBI, and he even asked the Yankees' Mark Teixeira to demonstrate a right-handed swing. Prince Harry's U.S. tour brought him to Harlem RBI for a ceremony to celebrate its new partnership with The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish today announced that he is making a $25,000 donation to help support City of Dallas RBI, which allows nearly 2,000 youngsters to participate in organized youth baseball programs.
Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium was proof of the lasting legacy of No. 42 -- not only in baseball but throughout American communities. Nearly 250 children from area schools were on hand for the Jackie Robinson Day RBI Youth Clinic, where they participated in on-field drills and spent time learning from Dodgers legends.
The outfield at Angel Stadium was teeming with activity on Saturday morning as 250 youth from local Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs joined Hall of Famer Rod Carew for a baseball and softball clinic.
There were stars on the big screen and in the audience on Saturday night when the Dodgers presented a private screening of the movie "42" to more than 200 youth from Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs at Rave Cinemas 15 in Baldwin Hills, CA.
Advances in philanthropy don't happen on their own. RBI, which stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, has undergone a massive growth spurt in recent years and now reaches more than 200,000 kids annually.
Major League Baseball put its prestige behind an RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) fundraiser and clinic in Nashville,Tenn. The event also honored Nashville RBI founder Reggie Whittemore, who is stepping aside.
Dominican Republic RBI captured a 7-6 victory over Harrisburg RBI on Sunday to win their first RBI World Series Championship since 2008. And they did so relying on the long ball.
Dominican Republic RBI claimed the softball championship at the 20th annual Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. This was the second consecutive year that a team from Santo Domingo, DR has reached the softball championship game.
All week long, Dominican Republic RBI (8-0) and Harrisburg RBI (7-1) have left little doubt that they are the class of the tournament. Now the two will meet Sunday to determine who can call themselves champion.
More than 150 RBI World Series softball players and coaches took part in two community service events on Friday, educating the young women about the importance of community service. Baseball players and coaches participated in similar activities last week.
Harrisburg's late rally Thursday ended one run shy of extending its chances at an undefeated run through pool play, but the club's 5-1 mark in division play is still good enough to secure a top seed in Saturday's RBI World Series playoffs.
Reaching a second RBI World Series was nothing for Ciana Matsuoka compared to the tragedy she faced two years ago. Matsuoka is taking the field this week as Big Island's starting shortstop -- and she's doing so with a heavy heart after the loss of her older brother.
The softball portion of the 2012 RBI World Series got under way with round-robin play on Tuesday, with Harrisburg RBI and the Dominican Republic RBI finishing the day undefeated.
Atlanta's Mariah Campbell knows a thing or two about breaking barriers and overcoming the odds. So it was fitting that Sharon Robinson announced Campbell on Monday as the winner of the Breaking Barriers essay contest among softball participants in the 2012 RBI World Series.
Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and educational programming consultant for MLB, greeted the softball players during Monday's opening banquet on the eve of tournament play.
Jackie Robinson RBI and Dominican Republic RBI have won the Senior Baseball Division and Junior Baseball Division Championships, respectively, of the 20th Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series.
In a game that featured five lead changes, 11 runs scoring in the final two innings, and the winning run plated on a squeeze play, Jackie Robinson RBI edged Bradenton 8-7 to clinch the 2012 Senior RBI World Series championship.
The Dominican Republic squad won its third consecutive RBI Junior Division World Series with a 5-1 victory over Chicago White Sox RBI at Target Field. Dominican RBI joins Detroit as the only RBI team to ever win three straight division titles.
RBI Dominicana seeks its third consecutive RBI World Series Junior Division title on Sunday at Target Field on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET, but a trio of arms from Chicago stands in their way.
Chicago grabbed a 5-0 victory on a one-hitter by Jalen Davis vs. Atlanta to advance to Sunday's RBI World Series Junior Division Championship against RBI Dominicana, who defeated Venice 15-5.
After trailing Jackie Robinson RBI for 5 1/2 innings of Friday's round-robin game at Parade Stadium, Arizona RBI pushed across two runs in the sixth and the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh for a wild walk-off victory, 3-2.
Major League Baseball Charities has awarded college scholarships, valued at $5,000 each per year, to twelve high school seniors who participate in RBI, the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative.
Venezuela began its second straight trip to the RBI World Series in winning fashion, staving off a late rally by Houston to preserve a 5-4 victory. Bradenton (Fla.) finished off a comeback effort in the following game and earned a 5-4 win of its own.
Twenty-one years after Chili Davis helped bring a World Series to Minneapolis, his son Kai is trying to win a World Series in the same city -- and he's off to a good start.
Former Major Leaguer Lou Collier has the chance to help guide youth to succeed as an assistant coach for the Chicago White Sox senior boys RBI team.
If playing in one of youth baseball's premier events isn't cool enough, try to top getting a chance to impress a Major League scout. That's exactly what the more than 200 boys in this year's RBI World Series had the opportunity to do.
Commissioner Bud Selig delivered the keynote speech at the Welcome Luncheon of the 20th Annual RBI World Series. The program, which began in 1989, now has more than 200,000 participants worldwide.
The World Series will come a little early this year for the 300-plus youngsters participating in this year's RBI World Series. The players come from all over the country, and will descend upon Minnesota and Target Field on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball is celebrating the 20th annual RBI World Series with a keynote speech by Commissioner Bud Selig, appearances by Hall of Famers, and by providing young players with a chance to play at Target Field.
The Twin Cities will soon become the epicenter for one of youth baseball's greatest events for nearly two weeks. More than 300 youth baseball and softball players from across the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Venezuela will converge upon the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for the second straight year, as they take part in the 20th annual RBI World Series.
Los Angeles first baseman James Loney traded in his bat for a guitar and an Xbox controller as he hosted the Loney's Lounge Video Game Party in the First Base Prime Ticket Club at Dodger Stadium. A couple dozen boys ages 9 to 16 from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI were glued to four TVs playing video games.
Games of the RBI Regionals, the qualifying rounds to determine berths for the 2012 RBI World Series, begin today at several locations around the United States. At each location, RBI leagues from different cities in a particular region compete in the softball (ages 19U), junior baseball (ages 13-15) and senior baseball (ages 16-18) divisions.
The participants in the fourth annual Jr. RBI Classic likely won't forget the experiences that went along with playing in the host city for the 2012 All-Star Game, but the ultimate goal is to lead those kids into college.
Robert Paige, the son of legendary pitcher Satchel Paige, got to gaze upon the lush green outfield and well-kept infield at the refurbished Satchel Paige Memorial Park in Kansas City, which hosted the Jr. RBI Classic opening ceremonies.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund and The Boys & Girls Club of Kansas City donated $50,000 for renovation of Cleveland Park for the benefit of the RBI program. The fields were officially dedicated in a ceremony between the first and second sessions of games in the Jr. RBI Classic.
On the eve of the commencement of All-Star festivities in Kansas City, All-Star FanFest got a test drive, all in the name of charity. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City hosted their eighth-annual "Base Ball" event, and with the All-Star Game coming to town, they had access to an incredible venue: FanFest.
Coming off the recent success of having 14 alumni selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program has sent a team of 18-and-under RBI participants from around the country to USA Baseball's 2012 Tournament of Stars.
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday the teams that will be participating in the fourth annual Jr. RBI Classic, an event that gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to play baseball and softball during All-Star Week.
Fourteen alumni from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program were selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, which was completed yesterday after a total of 1,238 players were chosen in the 40 rounds and two compensation rounds.
Angie Hidalgo doesn't have to think twice to tell you how the RBI program has made a difference in her life. A student at Baruch College in New York and a recipient of the RBI for RBI Scholarship, she said that she wouldn't be where she is -- on the verge of graduation -- without a life-changing assist.
This is a story about the construction of a baseball field. At least, that's what it's supposed to be about. In the end, though, it goes way deeper than just a baseball field.
Two thrilling, emotional, event-filled and, ultimately, hectic weeks of the RBI World Series had just wrapped up and already, MLB was looking ahead to 2012, when it would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the RBI program's decorated championship tournament.
Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI won the Senior Baseball Championship of the 2011 RBI World Series by defeating Harrisburg 10-0, while the Dominican team won the Junior title with a 9-6 win over Los Angeles.
Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI (Venice, California) has won the Senior Baseball Division Championship of the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Venice defeated Harrisburg RBI (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) by the score of 8-0.
RBI Dominicana has won the Junior Baseball Division Championship of the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. RBI Dominicana defeated Los Angeles RBI by the score of 9-6.
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was the keynote speaker at the RBI World Series closing banquet at Target Field, and he had a few very important lessons to share.
Players from Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI and Harrisburg RBI will play at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, for the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series Senior Baseball Division Championship.
Los Angeles (5-0) will face the Dominican Republic (4-1) in Sunday's junior division championship of the 2011 RBI World Series at Target Field.
Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Tampa and Venezuela remained undefeated and earned top playoff seeds as the junior and senior tournaments rolled along in Minnesota.
In a matchup of the past two senior division champs, 2009 champion Venice beat defending champion Houston, 15-5, in the first game of round-robin play.
After kicking off the baseball portion of the 19th RBI World Series with team pictures and an opening ceremony, the teams headed out for their workout day.
Hall of Famer and Twins legend Paul Molitor headlined a list of speakers at the opening banquet, kicking off the baseball portion of the 19th RBI World Series.
Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson visited P.S. 171 in New York City to talk with kids in Harlem's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.
Greater New York Sports Athletic Alliance RBI was disqualified from the tourney due to the inability to field the team that was submitted at the start of play.
Los Angeles beat Santo Domingo/San Pedro, 3-0, to win back-to-back RBI Softball titles and its third overall championship. Winning again wasn't easy, though.
Sharon Robinson had a simple message at the closing ceremonies of the softball portion of the 2011 RBI World Series. Robinson, the daughter of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and currently an educational programming consultant for MLB, stressed the importance of being well-rounded.
Los Angeles RBI claimed its second consecutive softball championship at the 19th annual RBI World Series. LA RBI defeated Santo Domingo RBI 3-0 in Minneapolis.
The Santo Domingo/San Pedro team is proud to represent the Caribbean Region. The girls feel they are holding up the tradition of an entire country.
Los Angeles RBI and Santo Domingo RBI have risen to the top of the competition and will face each other Sunday in the Softball Championship in Minneapolis.
Softball teams from Los Angeles RBI and Santo Domingo RBI have earned the #1 seeds in their respective playoff brackets at the 19th annual RBI World Series.
Despite being down, 5-0, after the first inning in the RBI World Series Friday, Atlanta's softball team was just as loud as it was when the score was 0-0.
The young women and men competing in the RBI World Series will pay homage to Twins legend Harmon Killebrew by wearing a commemorative No. 3 sleeve patch.
Major League Baseball has awarded 12 college scholarships, valued at $5,000 each per year, to select high school seniors who participate in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative.
There was a lot of energy in the Metropolitan Club at Target Field on Tuesday as RBI kicked off its 19th World Series with the softball opening banquet.
The field is set. Now, the top 24 teams from more than 300 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities programs will play for the chance to win it all.
Jersey City beat the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance in the Jr. division regional title game before GNYSLAA won the Sr. division game over Jersey City.
August 3rd marks the beginning of the 19th annual RBI World Series in Minneapolis and St. Paul. MLB Network will air two of the three championship games.
Kevin Smith, the Twins' executive director of public affairs, has seen the impact Target Field has had on young players first-hand. Now RBI kids will feel the same way.
Major League Baseball has awarded 12 college scholarships, valued at $5,000 each per year, to select high school seniors who participate in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative.
The RBI World Series -- the culmination of the continuously growing Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities season -- is one week away, and 21 of the 24 teams that will participate have been decided via seven regional tournaments.
The premier youth baseball talent in Detroit and Cleveland was put on display Monday morning as a pair of teams punched tickets to the RBI World Series.
Two teams punched their tickets to the 2011 RBI World Series as Angel Stadium played host to the boys' West Regional Championship on Saturday. Los Angeles opened the day with a 13-4 victory over Venice to claim the West junior division (ages 13-15), while Venice's senior division club (ages 16-18) captured an 8-4 win over Arizona (Phoenix).
Several members of the Angels, including catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo, will conduct a unique clinic on Saturday for local Little Leaguers.
While sitting on the living room couch at Fan Cave on Thursday, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith did approximately 40 interviews to raise awareness for the "Pay it Forward" campaign.
With each act of kindness posted on the Holiday Inn Facebook page, the hotelier will "pay it forward" and donate an MLB game ticket to benefit RBI -- up to 5,000 tickets.
MLB announced in a release on Monday that the championship game for Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program is moving to Target Field for 2011 and '12.
The Minnesota Twins will host both the 2011 and 2012 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, the national baseball and softball tournament and annual culmination of the RBI program.
Mark Teixeira announced on Wednesday that he has made a $1 million donation to Harlem RBI, and now he is calling on fans to help the East Harlem organization build a state-of-the-art facility for its children.
For its 22nd season, the RBI program expects to have 300 leagues and about 200,000 kids ages 5-18 participating -- an increase from roughly 171,000 last year and an all-time high.