Dominican Republic North RBI Wins Junior Baseball Division Championship of the 2015 RBI World Series

Dominican Republic Wins its Seventh Overall RBI World Series Championship and Its Fourth Junior Baseball Division Championship in Six Years

Dominican Republic North RBI, out of Santo Domingo, has won the Junior Baseball Division Championship of the 2015 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, earning their seventh overall RBI World Series championship and fourth Junior Baseball Division Championship in six years (2010-2012, 2015). Dominican Republic North triumphed over Houston Astros RBI by the score of 12-7 in a seven-inning contest today at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. Dominican Republic North RBI finished the tournament with a 5-1 record.

 Dominican Republic shortstop Widimer Joaquin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Junior Baseball Division Championship Game after driving in three runs on three hits, including a third inning double to break a 3-3 tie that would give the Dominican Republic a lead they would not relinquish. Joaquin, who also scored three times and stole a base in the championship game, finished the tournament with a .350 batting average (one home run, one double and five singles), .985 OPS, seven runs scored and seven RBIs.

The RBI World Series, which was hosted by the Rangers for the second consecutive year, is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the RBI program, the Major League Baseball youth initiative 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 and other important life lessons. The Senior Baseball Division Championship Game between Harrisburg RBI and Miami Marlins RBI is following this game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. 

A 30-minute documentary that gives an inside look into the baseball portion of the 2015 RBI World Series will air on MLB Network at 11:30 am ET on Sunday, August 30th.

The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. More than 200 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB Clubs throughout the program's 27-year history, and many others were given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. There have been 55 RBI players selected in the 2012-2015 MLB Drafts, nearly 30 of who have played in the RBI World Series (between 2009 and 2014).

Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB Clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants, and more than 80 players since 2008. Alumni on MLB rosters during the 2014 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), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Hector Santiago (Los Angeles Angels), Tyler Skaggs (Los Angeles Angels), Justin Upton (San Diego Padres) and Chris Young (New York Yankees). 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. 

The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and is designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves more than 230,000 young men and women in over 300 programs established in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information about the RBI World Series, please visit MLB.com/rbiworldseries.