A group of RBI players will receive the experience of a lifetime in Arlington, Texas when they take the field tomorrow at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers, to represent their respective cities in the championship games of the 2014 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series. Angels RBI of Anaheim, Calif. and Jackie Robinson RBI of Jersey City, N.J. will vie for the Senior Baseball Division Championship, which is scheduled to be played tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. ET. The game will air on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com on Saturday, August 16th at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Jackie Robinson RBI league from Jersey City won the Senior Division Championship in 2012.
In the Junior Division, Detroit Arsenal Youth Sports & Fitness RBI will take on Miami Marlins RBI at 8:30 a.m. ET. A team from Detroit won the Junior Division Championship from 2006 to 2008. Miami last won the Junior Division Championship in 1997.
The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the Major League Baseball RBI program, which 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 2014 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), Anthony Rendon (Washington Nationals), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Tyler Skaggs (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Justin Upton (Atlanta Braves), among others. Crawford (Houston RBI - '97), Loney (Houston RBI - '99), Crisp (LA RBI - '95, '96) and Gallardo (Fort Worth RBI - '03) have each played in the RBI World Series.
In the 2012-2014 First-Year Player Drafts, 40 RBI alumni were selected, with 27 of those players participating in past RBI World Series tournaments. The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since 1989, currently serves approximately 230,000 young people in 300 programs in over 200 cities worldwide. For more information, visit MLB.com/rbi.