Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Hall of Famer & Ambassador for the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation (YDF) Ken Griffey Jr. collectively revealed today brand-new, interesting elements of the inaugural “HBCU Swingman Classic presented by T-Mobile & Powered by the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation,” an upcoming MLB All-Star Week experience for baseball student-athletes from Division-I programs at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU).
The HBCU Swingman Classic will highlight the history and tradition of HBCU baseball programs while likewise offering 50 HBCU baseball gamers with the chance to display their skill on a nationwide phase. The student-athletes have actually been picked by a committee that will consist of Griffey Jr., agents from MLB and MLBPA, and scouts. They will take part in a range of MLB All-Star Week and basic community-focused activities.
MLB All-Star Week in 2023 will be hosted by the Mariners in Seattle from Friday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 11. The HBCU Swingman Classic provided by T-Mobile is the current significant occasion contributed to the schedule of the yearly Midsummer Classic, signing up with the MLB All-Star Game provided by Mastercard, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game, All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, the MLB Draft, the High School All-American Game and a series of youth & fan engagement activities.
The HBCU Swingman Classic provided by T-Mobile signs up with the yearly Hank Aaron Invitational as youth-oriented and diversity-focused programs powered by the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation,
Historically, lots of HBCU alumni have actually reached Major League Baseball, consisting of Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Lou Brock along with Marquis Grissom, Rickie Weeks, Jr., Ralph Garr, Vince Coleman, Tommie Agee, Tom Alston, Earl Battey, Joe Black and others. Hall of Famer Larry Doby is likewise an HBCU alumnus however did not play baseball at the college level.