The Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run program is the “Official Youth Skills Competition of Major League Baseball”. The program, now in its 20th year of existence, invites youth to demonstrate their skills by participating in pitching, hitting and running competitions in baseball or softball. Registration is free for all participants, and top competitors nationwide from each age group (7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14) advance to the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.
In June, the St. Louis Cardinals hosted the regional level of Major League Baseball’s free Pitch, Hit & Run competition. The top 24 qualifiers from Missouri, Illinois and Western Tennessee all competed on the field at Busch Stadium with the goal of advancing to the National Finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week in San Diego, California. Congratulations to all of our regional participants, and congratulations to all participants nationwide who competed in San Diego during the MLB All-Star week – a group that included one of our regional participants: Woodrow Foster from Fulton, Missouri!
The PHR competition is part of the “PLAY BALL” initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, which encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth. To learn more, visit www.PlayBall.org.
On June 7th, the Cardinals hosted the 27th Annual Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. This annual fundraiser supports the local St. Louis Chapter of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program (which operates out of the Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club), through Cardinals Care, the official non-profit arm of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Paid foursomes were paired with former Cardinals players and local celebrities in what amounted to a great day at the golf course! Some of the celebrities in attendance included: Kyle McClellan, Brad Thompson, and Bernard Gilkey.
This year’s event raised over $20,000 for the local St. Louis Chapter of the RBI program through Cardinals Care!
The RBI Program was established in 1989 as a means to provide disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Major League Baseball decided to endorse the RBI concept and provide financial support for the program. MLB has administered the program since 1991, and has seen the program grow to encompass more than 200 cities and as many as 200,000 male and female participants a year.
We would like to thank our presenting sponsors from this event, including: Edward Jones, Kaufman Broadcast, and Success Promotions. The 2016 Ted Savage RBI Golf Classic was a great event that will aid in the impact of growing youth baseball in the local community!
For more information on the RBI program, please visit: http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=rbi
On Mother’s Day, Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals honored Christina Sego as the 2016 Cardinals Honorary Bat Girl! Christina, a longtime Cardinals fan, was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She has courageously battled the disease through numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and has now been in remission for two years.
The goal of the Honorary Bat Girl program is to increase breast cancer awareness and raise funds to support breast cancer research while celebrating our courageous fans. Each year, fans are encouraged to submit a story about how they, or someone they know, are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” in their daily lives and why they would like to be the Honorary Bat Girl for their favorite team.
We invited Christina to Busch Stadium for a VIP experience with her family on Mother’s Day at the ballpark! Christina arrived in the morning for an official field visit, where she received an exclusive Louisville Slugger pink bat engraved with her name, a commemorative jersey, and tickets to that afternoon’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to the game, Christina was honored on the field during a pregame ceremony with her family. She then had the opportunity to throw out an honorary first pitch!
We were honored to host Christina on her special day, and we would also like to say THANK YOU to all of the mothers out there for everything they do!
To learn more about the Honorary Bat Girl contest, please visit www.HonoraryBatGirl.com