Play begins today in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities U.S. Regionals

Games of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Regionals, the qualifying rounds to determine berths for the 2012 RBI World Series, begin today at several locations around the United States, including Anaheim, CA, Arlington, TX and Vero Beach, FL. At each location, RBI leagues from different cities in a particular region compete in the softball (ages 19U), junior baseball (ages 13-15) and senior baseball (ages 16-18) divisions. The Caribbean Regional Tournament, which began in late June and was hosted by MLB’s Latin American office at various MLB Club academies in the Dominican Republic, was won by RBI Dominican Republic (softball and junior baseball divisions) and RBI Venezuela (senior baseball division). All three have advanced to this year’s RBI World Series. Remaining regional tournaments are set to begin on Thursday, July 19th.

The 2012 RBI World Series, the international (U.S., Caribbean and South American programs) baseball and softball championship tournament of the RBI program, will again be hosted by the Minnesota Twins from July 31st to August 12th at various locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. The baseball championship games will be played at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, on Sunday, August 5th. The softball championship game will be played at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium at the University of Minnesota on Sunday August, 12th. This will be the 20th RBI World Series, and several dignitaries are expected to attend tournament activities, including Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Rod Carew. MLB Network will televise the senior division baseball championship and the softball championship games.

Below is information for all remaining RBI Regionals:

Southwest Regional Tournament: July 12-15

Arlington, TX

Hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington/Texas Rangers

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers

Softball: Workman’s Softball Complex

Southeast Regional Tournament July 12-15

Vero Beach, FL

Hosted by Vero Beach Sports Village/Minor League Baseball

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Holman Stadium

Softball: Vero Beach Sports Village

West Regional Tournament, July 12-15

Anaheim, CA

Hosted by Angels RBI

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Ryan Lemon Field (Irvine, CA)

Softball: Erstad Field (Placentia, CA)

Central Regional Tournament, July 19-22

St. Louis, MO

Hosted by Mathews Dickey RBI

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Busch Stadium, Home of the St. Louis Cardinals (senior baseball) and Cool Papa Bell Stadium (junior baseball)

Softball: Saint Louis University

East Regional Tournament, July 19-22

Cleveland, OH

Hosted by Cleveland Baseball Federation RBI

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians

Softball: Cleveland State University

Northeast Regional Tournament July 19-23

New York, NY

Hosted by Harlem RBI

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: McCombs Dam Park (across the street from Yankee Stadium)

Softball: McCombs Dam Park

Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, July 26-29

Harrisburg, PA

Hosted by Harrisburg RBI

Championship Game Sites:

Baseball: Harrisburg Senators Metro Bank Park

Softball: Veterans Park

The RBI program is a Major League Baseball youth initiative designed to provide opportunities to play baseball and softball, to encourage excellence and achievement in education and to teach the value of teamwork and other important life lessons to underserved young people, ages 5 to 18, from underserved and urban communities. The RBI program provides more than 200,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball in more than 300 programs established in more than 200 cities worldwide. MLB and all 30 Clubs have designated more than $30 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues. For more information, please visit: MLB.com/rbi