A group of RBI players will receive the experience of a lifetime in Minneapolis, Minn. when they take the field today at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, to represent their respective cities in the championship games of the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Tampa RBI of Tampa, Fla. and Harrisburg RBI of Harrisburg, Pa. will vie for the Senior Baseball Division Championship, which is scheduled to be played today at 7:00 p.m. ET. The game will air on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com on Saturday, August 10th. It is the second RBI World Series Championship appearance for Harrisburg and the first for Tampa.
In the Junior Division, Boys & Girls Club of Venice RBI will wait to see who they will be facing in the championship game. Due to the late finish last night of Santo Domingo RBI's 11-inning victory over Miami Marlins RBI, the semifinal match-up between three-time defending champion Santo Domingo and New Orleans Recreation Department RBI will take place this morning at 10:00 a.m. ET. 2013 marks the first year a team from New Orleans has appeared in the RBI World Series.
The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the Major League Baseball RBI program. RBI is 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.
RBI alumni on MLB rosters during the 2013 regular season include Michael Bourn (Cleveland Indians), Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers), Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics), Yovani Gallardo (Milwaukee Brewers), James Loney (Tampa Bay Rays), Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), James McDonald (Pittsburgh Pirates), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees),
Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves), Tyler Skaggs (Arizona Diamondbacks), Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves) and Chris Young (Oakland Athletics), among others. Carl Crawford (Houston RBI - '97), James Loney (Houston RBI - '99) and James McDonald (LA RBI - '02), as well as 2013 first-rounders Dominic Smith (BGC of Venice RBI - '09/'10), J.P. Crawford (BGC of Venice RBI - '09), have each played in a RBI World Series.
In the 2012 and 2013 MLB Player Drafts, 30 RBI alumni were drafted. In 2013, the RBI program served more than 220,000 young people in 300 programs in over 200 cities worldwide. For more information, visit MLB.com/rbi.