Smith, Braves coach Little Leaguers

Smith, Braves coach Little Leaguers

ATLANTA -- A host of lucky youngsters have been "called up" to enjoy a cup of coffee in the big leagues this weekend.

As part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball Weekend, the Braves engaged in a "Player Cap Giveaway" with 16 youth baseball and softball players prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins.

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Earlier in the day, current Braves Matt Wisler and Mallex Smith, as well as former Braves Javy Lopez and Brad Clontz, surprised youth league teams at Clarkdale Park in Cobb County and served as "celebrity coaches" in ballgames.

The festivities continue on Sunday, when 30 youth baseball and softball players will get to participate in a kids-only press conference with Mike Foltynewicz and Chase d'Arnaud.

In addition, the first 7,500 kids under 14 who arrive at Sunday's sold-out game will get a free bat and ball.

Aimee Sachs is a contributor to based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.