The game can be seen live at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. But that barely scratches the surface of how a fan can enjoy -- and interact with -- the Futures Game.
It really begins on Friday, when top Royals prospect Mike Moustakas comes home a day earlier than when most participants arrive. The graduate of Chatsworth High School in the suburbs of Los Angeles will be touring Disneyland, and MLB.com will tag along to document the day for a video diary.
It's a special feature MLB.com started when Pittsburgh native Neil Walker played in the 2006 Futures Game in his hometown. In 2007, Chuck Lofgren returned to the Bay area to play in the '07 edition and in '08, Luke Hughes and Scott Campbell came from Australia and New Zealand -- by way of the Twins and Blue Jays organizations -- to tour New York prior to the Futures Game.
The rest of the best Minor League Baseball has to offer will arrive on Saturday. MLB.com will once again be there to talk to the players as they arrive, providing fans with Futures Game "intake interviews." Many of the players will go on to community service projects around the area, and the website will provide coverage of that as well.
And that's all before the main event. As always, MLB.com will be the place to go for all things Futures. Starting with video of the best young hitters in the game taking batting practice, we'll have everything from start to finish covered completely.
Fans can get in on the act as well via Twitter. Be sure to follow @mlbfutures for everything about the Game. Fans can send questions to Futures Game players via Twitter as well. Just tweet queries to @usdugout and @worlddugout and be sure to include the special Futures Game hashtag -- #mlbfutures -- on all of your Futures Game-related tweets.
Be sure to check on the site postgame as well for blanket coverage of the event. Two players -- one from the U.S. and one from the World -- will be mic'd up for a special feature. This year, U.S. and Twins outfielder Ben Revere and World Team and Reds first baseman Yonder Alonso will be the participants. Add that to the notebooks, game stories, columns, photo galleries and other interviews, and it's clear that the future has never been brighter. And it's only on MLB.com.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less