A group of players in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program will receive the experience of a lifetime in Arlington, Texas when they take the field tomorrow at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers, to represent their respective cities in the championship games of the 2015 RBI World Series. Miami Marlins RBI of Miami, Fla., which won the Jr. Division Championship in 2014, and Harrisburg RBI of Harrisburg, Penn., which won the Sr. Division Championship in 2013, will vie for the Senior Baseball Division Championship, which is scheduled to be played tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. CT. In the Junior Division,Houston Astros RBI will take on Dominican Republic RBI at 7:30 a.m. CT.
The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the Major League Baseball RBI program, which is designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork.
RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2015 regular season include Michael Bourn (Atlanta Braves), Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers), Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics), Yovani Gallardo (Texas Rangers), Chris Iannetta (Los Angeles Angels), James Loney (Tampa Bay Rays), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles),Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels) and Justin Upton (San Diego Padres), among others. Crawford (Houston RBI - '97), Loney (Houston RBI - '99), Crisp (LA RBI - '95, '96) and Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI - '03) have each played in the RBI World Series. In the 2012-2015 First-Year Player Drafts, 55 RBI alumni were selected, with nearly 30 of those players participating in past RBI World Series tournaments. The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since 1989, currently serves more than 230,000 young people in 300 programs in over 200 cities worldwide. For more information, visit MLB.com/rbi.