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MLB, USA Baseball announce spring events involving girls

Second annual ‘Trailblazer Series’ to feature girls from 21 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada during Jackie Robinson Day Weekend (Apr. 13-15) in Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• First-Ever Girls Baseball ‘Breakthrough Series’ Showcase & Development Camp Will Be Held at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. in Early June

• Leaders of All Youth & Amateur Baseball Organizations in the United States Provide Statements of Support for Girls Playing Baseball Within Their Leagues

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced two significant girls baseball events coming this April and May/June — the second annual ‘Trailblazer Series’ (April 13th-15th) and the first-ever Girls Baseball ‘Breakthrough Series’ Showcase & Development Camp (May 31st-June 4th). The events are a continuation of MLB’s commitment to growing all levels of the youth and amateur side of the sport.

MLB will host the second annual ‘Trailblazer Series’ in conjunction with Jackie Robinson Day. Approximately 100 girls, ages 13 and under, representing 21 states across the country as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada will participate in the four-day tournament held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. from Thursday, April 12th through Sunday, April 15th. The girls playing in the Trailblazer Series, ages 11-13, will be placed onto teams by random selection. Some of the nation’s top female baseball coaches and players, including those from USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team, will coach the girls who are from programs affiliated with AAU, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken Baseball, Little League International, Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, PONY and USSSA, among others.

MLB and USA Baseball are also set to launch a groundbreaking new event specifically designed for the on-field development and scouting of female baseball players. The Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series (GBBS) is the newest iteration of the existing, diversity-focused amateur development camps operated by MLB, USA Baseball and USA Softball. Taking place at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the GBBS will serve as an opportunity for on-field development as well as a scouting showcase for dozens of girls, ages 17 and under, from around the country. Participants will receive daily instruction in an environment similar to an MLB Spring Training camp. The amateur development camp effort began as a singular Breakthrough Series event in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball as a viable collegiate and professional option for youth from minority backgrounds. The effort has now expanded to several Boys Baseball & Girls Softball Breakthrough Series events, the annual DREAM Series, and the Elite Development Invitational, which is run by both MLB and the MLBPA and is available in both baseball and softball.

Participants of both the Trailblazer Series and GBBS will receive direct insight from coaches and be a part of special discussions with women leaders in baseball. The events are completely expense-free for participants. More details on both the Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series will be made available at a later date.

“Women playing baseball is an important part of our sport’s history,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “That legacy is also significant to the game’s present and future. We are proud to work alongside USA Baseball in creating events that raise the profile of girls and women baseball. We are committed to ensuring that any young woman who chooses to play baseball, particularly through our RBI programs and MLB Youth Academies, will have the opportunity to do so.”

“USA Baseball has prided itself on providing an avenue for women to play baseball through the inception of our Women’s National Team program in 2004,” said USA Baseball Executive Director and CEO, Paul Seiler. “It is inspiring to witness the tremendous growth in participation and popularity of women’s baseball in our country; and we are honored to work with Major League Baseball to continue providing fruitful opportunities for any young woman who is passionate about playing the game of baseball.”

In addition to the above, USA Baseball’s National Member Organizations, which sanction youth and amateur leagues across the country and around the world, reaffirmed their commitment to providing girls opportunities to participate in their baseball leagues. Leaders at AABC, American Legion, Babe Ruth League, Dixie Boys and Majors, Dixie Youth, Little League International, NABF, NFHS, PONY, and USSSA are all working toward growing the opportunities afforded to girls in the game.

The Trailblazer Series and Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series are the latest joint efforts between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball in regards to player development, health and educational resources. The most notable shared initiatives include the ‘PLAY BALL’ initiative (e.g., FUN At Bat), Pitch Smart and Amateur Development Camps (e.g., Breakthrough Series, DREAM Series and Elite Development Invitational). More information on the Trailblazer Series can be found at PlayBall.org.

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MLB research shows 2018 Opening Day rosters featured 254 players are foreign-born

 

29.0 percent of players born outside the U.S., spanning an all-time high 21 countries and territories

 

A total of 254 players represented an all-time record 21 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States on 2018 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists, marking another year of unprecedented diversity on Major League rosters, Major League Baseball announced today.

The 254 players born outside the U.S. (29.0 percent) come from a record-high pool of 877 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 127 disabled, suspended, restricted or paternity leave Major League players) on March 29th rosters. Opening Day and inactive list players represented a record-high 21 countries and territories by birthplace. The previous mark of 19 countries and territories represented on Opening Day rosters and inactive lists came in 2017. The 254 foreign-born players are the second-highest total in history, trailing last year’s 259, and the percentage of 29.0 is tied with 2007 for the third-highest figure in history, behind only 29.8 in 2017 and 29.2 in 2005.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 84 players born outside the United States. Venezuela ranks second with 74 players, while Puerto Rico places third with 19 players, its highest total since there were 20 in 2011. Rounding out the totals are Cuba (17); Mexico (11); Japan (8); Canada (6); South Korea (6); Colombia (5, eclipsing the previous high of four from 2013-2015); Curaçao (5, tied with 2014 for its record high); Australia (3), Brazil (3, eclipsing the previous high of two from 2015-2017); Nicaragua (3); Panama (3), Aruba (1); Germany (1); Lithuania (1); Netherlands (1); South Africa (1); Taiwan (1); and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1). Toronto’s Gift Ngoepe, a native of Pietersburg, South Africa, is the first South African-born player, as well as the first born in the continent of Africa, to make an Opening Day roster. Pittsburgh’s Dovydas Neverauskas, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, is the first Lithuanian-born player to appear on an Opening Day roster in Major League history. Both players made their Major League debuts in 2017.

For the second consecutive season, the Texas Rangers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans five different countries and territories outside the U.S. Texas is followed by the Chicago White Sox (13), Miami Marlins (12), Minnesota Twins (11), Philadelphia Phillies (11) and Toronto Blue Jays (11). The Los Angeles Dodgers have players from eight different countries and territories outside the U.S., marking the most in the Majors. They are followed by the Atlanta Braves (7), Marlins (7) and Seattle Mariners (7).

Please see below for the complete list of foreign-born players on 2018 Opening Day rosters and inactive lists:

ARUBA (1)
Bogaerts, Xander, BOS

AUSTRALIA (3)
Hendriks, Liam, OAK
Moylan, Peter, ATL
Saupold, Warwick, DET

BRAZIL (3)
Gohara, Luiz, ATL
Gomes, Yan, CLE
Orlando, Paulo, KC

CANADA (6)
Axford, John, TOR
Martin, Russell, TOR
Paxton, James, SEA
Pivetta, Nick, PHI
Pompey, Dalton, TOR
Votto, Joey, CIN

COLOMBIA (5)
Alfaro, Jorge, PHI
Guerrero, Tayron, MIA
Quintana, José, CHI
Teheran, Julio, ATL
Urshela, Giovany, CLE

CUBA (17)
Abreu, José, CWS
Alonso, Yonder, CLE
Céspedes, Yoenis, NYM
Chapman, Aroldis, NYY
Despaigne, Odrisamer, MIA
Díaz, Aledmys, TOR
Grandal, Yasmani, LAD
Gurriel, Yuli, HOU
Hechavarria, Adeiny, TB
Heredia, Guillermo, SEA
Iglesias, José, DET
Iglesias, Raisel, CIN
Martin, Leonys, DET
Moncada, Yoán, CWS
Morales, Kendrys, TOR
Puig, Yasiel, LAD
Soler, Jorge, KC

CURAÇAO (5)
Albies, Ozzie, ATL
Jansen, Kenley, LAD
Profar, Jurickson, TEX
Schoop, Jonathan, BAL
Simmons, Andrelton, LAA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (84)
Álvarez, Pedro, BAL
Araujo, Pedro, BAL
Báez, Pedro, LAD
Beltré, Adrián, TEX
Benoit, Joaquin, WSH
Bonifacio, Jorge, KC
Canó, Robinson, SEA
Casilla, Santiago, OAK
Castillo, Luis, CIN
Castillo, Welington, CWS
Castro, Miguel, BAL
Castro, Starlin, MIA
Colomé, Alex, TB
Cordero, Franchy, SD
Cruz, Nelson, SEA
Cueto, Johnny, SF
Devers, Rafael, BOS
Difo, Wilmer, WSH
Encarnacion, Edwin, CLE
Estévez, Carlos, COL
Familia, Jeurys, NYM
Feliz, Michael, PIT
Fernández, Julian, SF
Florimón, Pedro, PHI
Franco, Maikel, PHI
García, Jarlin, MIA
García, Leury, CWS
García, Luis, PHI
García, Yimi, LAD
Gomez, Carlos, TB
Gómez, Roberto, SF
González, Erik, CLE
Gustave, Jandel, HOU
Hernandez, Marco, BOS
Herrera, Kelvin, KC
Lagares, Juan, NYM
Lamet, Dinelson, SD
Leclerc, José, TEX
Liriano, Francisco, DET
López, Reynaldo, CWS
Margot, Manuel, SD
Marte, Jefry, LAA
Marte, Ketel, ARI
Marte, Starling, PIT
Martínez, Carlos, STL
Mazara, Nomar, TEX
Minaya, Juan, CWS
Montero, Rafael, NYM
Moronta, Reyes, SF
Muñoz, Yairo, STL
Neris, Héctor, PHI
Nicasio, Juan, SEA
Nova, Ivan, PIT
Núñez, Eduardo, BOS
Ozuna, Marcell, STL
Peña, Francisco, STL
Peralta, Wandy, CIN
Perdomo, Luis, SD
Pineda, Michael, MIN
Polanco, Gregory, PIT
Polanco, Jorge, MIN
Pujols, Albert, LAA
Ramirez, Hanley, BOS
Ramírez, José, ATL
Ramírez, José, CLE
Reed, Raudy, WSH
Reyes, José, NYM
Rodney, Fernando, MIN
Romero, Enny, WSH
Rosario, Amed, NYM
Salazar, Danny, CLE
Sánchez, Gary, NYY
Sanó, Miguel, MIN
Santana, Carlos, PHI
Santana, Domingo, MIL
Santana, Edgar, PIT
Santana, Ervin, MIN
Segura, Jean, SEA
Severino, Luis, NYY
Strop, Pedro, CHI
Ureña, José, MIA
Villar, Jonathan, MIL
Vizcaíno, Arodys, ATL
Ynoa, Gabriel, BAL

GERMANY (1)
Kepler, Max, MIN

JAPAN (8)
Darvish, Yu, CHI
Hirano, Yoshihisa, ARI
Maeda, Kenta, LAD
Makita, Kazuhisa, SD
Ohtani, Shohei, LAA
Suzuki, Ichiro, SEA
Tanaka, Masahiro, NYY
Tazawa, Junichi, MIA

LITHUANIA (1)
Neverauskas, Dovydas, PIT

MEXICO (11)
Arano, Víctor, PHI
De La Rosa, Jorge, ARI
Estrada, Marco, TOR
García, Jaime, TOR
González, Miguel, CWS
Osuna, Roberto, TOR
Salas, Fernando, ARI
Soria, Joakim, CWS
Urías, Julio, LAD
Velázquez, Hector, BOS
Villanueva, Christian, SD

NETHERLANDS (1)
Gregorius, Didi, NYY

NICARAGUA (3)
Cuthbert, Cheslor, KC
Ramírez, Erasmo, SEA
Ramírez, JC, LAA
PANAMA (3)
Camargo, Johan, ATL
Córdoba, Allen, SD
Delgado, Randall, ARI

PUERTO RICO (19)
Báez, Javier, CHI
Berríos, José, MIN
Caratini, Victor, CHI
Centeno, Juan, TEX
Claudio, Alex, TEX
Correa, Carlos, HOU
De León, José, TB
Díaz, Edwin, SEA
González, Rayan, COL
Hernández, Kiké, LAD
Jiménez, Joe, DET
Lindor, Francisco, CLE
Maldonado, Martín, LAA
Molina, Yadier, STL
Pérez, Roberto, CLE
Rivera, René, LAA
Rivera, Yadiel, MIA
Rosario, Eddie, MIN
Vázquez, Christian, BOS
SOUTH AFRICA (1)
Ngoepe, Gift, TOR

SOUTH KOREA (6)
Choi, Ji-Man, MIL
Choo, Shin-Soo, TEX
Kang, Jung Ho, PIT
Oh, Seung-Hwan, TOR
Refsnyder, Rob, TB
Ryu, Hyun-Jin, LAD
TAIWAN (1)
Chen, Wei-Yin, MIA

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (1)
Cotton, Jharel, OAK

VENEZUELA (74)
Adrianza, Ehire, MIN
Aguilar, Jesús, MIL
Altuve, Jose, HOU
Alvarado, José, TB
Álvarez, José, LAA
Andrus, Elvis, TEX
Arcia, Orlando, MIL
Asuaje, Carlos, SD
Avilán, Luis, CWS
Blanco, Gregor, SF
Cabrera, Asdrúbal, NYM
Cabrera, Miguel, DET
Carrasco, Carlos, CLE
Cervelli, Francisco, PIT
Chacín, Jhoulys, MIL
Chirinos, Robinson, TEX
Chirinos, Yonny, TB
Contreras, Willson, CHI
Díaz, Elias, PIT
Escobar, Alcides, KC
Escobar, Eduardo, MIN
Flores, Wilmer, NYM
Font, Wilmer, LAD
Galvis, Freddy, SD
García, Avisaíl, CWS
González, Carlos, COL
Gonzalez, Marwin, HOU
Hernández, César, PHI
Hernandez, Elieser, MIA
Hernández, Félix, SEA
Hernández, Gorkys, SF
Herrera, Odúbel, PHI
Herrera, Ronald, TEX
Inciarte, Ender, ATL
Infante, Gregory, CWS
Leon, Sandy, BOS
Machado, Dixon, DET
Márquez, German, COL
Martínez, José, STL
Martinez, Victor, DET
Montero, Miguel, WSH
Moya, Gabriel, MIN
Narváez, Omar, CWS
Núñez, Renato, OAK
Odor, Rougned, TEX
Parra, Gerardo, COL
Peralta, David, ARI
Peraza, José, CIN
Pérez, Hernán, MIL
Pérez, Martin, TEX
Perez, Salvador, KC
Petit, Yusmeiro, OAK
Piña, Manny, MIL
Pirela, Jose, SD
Prado, Martín, MIA
Ramos, Edubray, PHI
Ramos, Wilson, TB
Reyes, Victor, DET
Rivero, Felipe, PIT
Rodriguez, Eduardo, BOS
Rodríguez, Ricardo, TEX
Rojas, Miguel, MIA
Rondón, Héctor, HOU
Sánchez, Yolmer, CWS
Sandoval, Pablo, SF
Santander, Anthony, BAL
Senzatela, Antonio, COL
Solarte, Yangervis, TOR
Suárez, Eugenio, CIN
Sucre, Jesús, TB
Telis, Tomás, MIA
Tocci, Carlos, TEX
Torreyes, Ronald, NYY
Valbuena, Luis, LAA

 

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