FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018
MLB hosts World RBI tournament at Historic Dodgertown
Fourteen Teams Will Compete for Berth to the 2018 RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) World Series in Minneapolis in August
Teams from Uganda and Curaçao to Compete in RBI Tournament Play for First Time
The 2018 World RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Regional tournament begins at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. on Thursday, June 28th and continues until at least Saturday, June 30th (rain makeup scheduled for Sunday, July 1st). Fourteen teams from four eligible countries and territories, including first-time RBI Tournament competitors in Uganda and Curaçao, will participate in the Junior Baseball, Senior Baseball and Softball Divisions to compete for a berth to the 2018 RBI World Series, the international championship tournament of the RBI program. The 2018 RBI World Series will be hosted by the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis & St. Paul in August.
The RBI program is MLB’s youth league-play initiative designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic success and focusing on character development.
RBI leagues represented in the World RBI regional tournament include:
· Dominican Republic
· Puerto Rico Aguadilla
· Puerto Rico Carolina
June 28-30 (July 1 reserved for rain delayed games)
Historic Dodgertown, 3901 26th Street, Vero Beach, FL 332960
Fans are welcome to watch games and training. Please call the Historic Dodgertown front desk to learn of the schedule.
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532