August 07, 2018 11:31 PM
Baseball teams from all over the world are in the Twin Cities to participate in the 26th annual RBI World Series.
In this case, RBI doesn't stand for runs batted in. Instead, it stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities.
The program is designed to give kids from underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball.
The RBI was created after a major league scout noticed the number of minority kids playing baseball had dwindled.
Chicago White Sox Coach Roney Bracey said this is a huge opportunity for these young players. A majority of the youth teams use the same name as their hometown ball team.
"It gives them a face to see like, 'I can do this.' It give them something to refer too, like, 'Wow, my coach went on out of the state to play collegiate baseball and possibly have a chance to play professionally right out of the city just like myself,'" he said.
According to Major League Baseball, the RBI program has provided a path for many players to play at both the collegiate and professional level.
MLB clubs have drafted more than 200 RBI participants throughout the program's 30-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships.
"They go to play at some university, whether it's junior college, division 1, division 2 and so forth," Bracey said.
Two of Bracey's players have already committed to the University of Louisville.
Updated: August 07, 2018 11:31 PM
Created: August 07, 2018 10:02 PM
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