Orioles infielder Manny Machado will host his third annual Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament, a celebrity charity event to support Baltimore City's Department of Recreation and Parks on Sunday, May 15. The sold-out event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Mustang Alleys Bar, Bowling and Bistro, located at 1300 Bank Street in Baltimore.
Nearly all of Machado's teammates are expected to attend including Pedro Alvarez, Zach Britton, Chris Davis, Kevin Gausman, Adam Jones, Darren O'Day, Jonathan Schoop, Chris Tillman and Matt Wieters, as well as Orioles manager Buck Showalter, several Orioles coaches, and Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr.
In support of Machado's efforts, the Orioles will donate $10,000 to Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and host participating youth at an upcoming Orioles home game through the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. The children will receive game tickets, concessions, an Orioles t-shirt and cap, and transportation to and from the game.
"As we look to continue expanding and improving this event, I am grateful for the support from my teammates, coaches, and the entire Orioles organization," said Machado. "My wife, Yainee, and I are committed to doing everything we can to make sure that Baltimore youth have every opportunity to play the game I love."
The tournament will consist of two games with teams of five bowlers. Each team will be paired with a celebrity participant including current Orioles players and athletes from the local community. A silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia and other unique items will also be available throughout the event. Veteran MASN broadcaster Gary Thorne will serve as emcee.
In 2015, the Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament raised more than $80,000 to support the Baltimore City Recreation Department's eight-week "Play Baseball" campaign (via the Baltimore City Foundation). The initiative benefited 300 youth, ages 9-12, by supplying baseball equipment, uniforms, transportation, and field refurbishment to play baseball during the summer at Baltimore City Recreation and Parks centers.