1) Increase participation and interest in baseball
2) Encourage academic participation and achievement
3) Increase number of talented athletes prepared to play in college and Minor Leagues
4) Promote greater inclusion of minorities into the mainstream of the game
5) Teach the value of teamwork
Former scout and Major Leaguer John Young developed the RBI concept in Los Angeles in 1989; MLB assumed administration of RBI in 1991 and manages the program in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the official charity of MLB.
KPMG (presenting sponsor), the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Louisville Slugger, Nike, Outdoor Cap, Rawlings, and Wilson are supporters of the RBI program.
RBI programs have been started in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually have provided as many as 100,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball.
Typical RBI league schedules operate from May to August and are divided into five divisions for local league play: Freshman Boys (13-14 year olds), Junior Boys (15 - 16 year olds), Senior Boys (17 - 18 year olds) and Girls Softball (14 and under and 18 and under).
MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program and all 30 Major League Baseball Clubs have supported RBI programs.
Since the inception of the RBI program in 1989, MLB Clubs have drafted more than 170 RBI participants, including 19 players selected overall in 2007.
RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2008 season include Carl Crawford (Devil Rays), Covelli "Coco" Crisp (Red Sox), James Loney (Dodgers), Jimmy Rollins (Phillies), CC Sabathia (Indians) and Yovani Gallardo (Brewers).
RBI Coaching Seminars instruct coaches and league organizers on topics including life skills, baseball skills, conflict resolution, media training, marketing and fundraising.