Major League Baseball brings MLB Roadshow to the UK

Sat 24 Sep 2011

Free and open to the public, the Roadshow attractions allow participants to learn more about baseball by taking swings in a batting cage, testing their throwing skills in a pitching tunnel and learning more about MLB rules and players.

The MLB Roadshow will be operated in conjunction with BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK). Sponsors of the MLB Roadshow are Drew Pearson International, ESPN America, and Wilson. In London, the Roadshow is supported by the Greater London Authority, who work with the Mayor’s office and the London Assembly to develop and deliver strategies for the city.

Dates and locations for the MLB Roadshow stops in the United Kingdom are as follows:

Manchester
Saturday 24 September
Piccadilly Gardens
11:00-17:00
London
Saturday 1 October
Trafalgar Square
11:00-18:00

All are invited to come try out the sport, whether or not you’ve ever picked up a bat or glove in the past! Members of the Great Britain Junior National baseball team will be on hand to coach participants.

 




 

About MLB International

Major League Baseball International (MLBI) focuses on the worldwide growth of baseball and the promotion of Major League Baseball and MLB Club trademarks and copyrights through special events, broadcasting, market development, licensing and sponsorship initiatives. MLBI is committed to showcasing the world’s best baseball talent through international events around the globe. Broadcast in 219 countries and territories, Major League Baseball game telecasts are re-transmitted in 19 different languages. MLBI executes and supports game development programs targeting players and coaches from grassroots to elite levels. With an extensive list of marketing partners worldwide, MLBI continues to grow its position as a leader in the international marketplace. MLBI is supported in its mission through presences in Beijing, New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo.

Major League Baseball International actively supports the growth of baseball in more than 60 countries through development programs for players and coaches as well as grassroots initiatives that introduce the game of baseball to children. The MLB Roadshow is used as an extension of development programs and grassroots initiatives and has traveled through Australia, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom since being introduced in 1994.

About BaseballSoftballUK

BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) is the development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom. Since 2000, BSUK has provided services to the sports' governing bodies with the aim of developing and increasing levels of participation, skill and achievement in UK baseball and softball. In the autumn of 2012, the Great Britain national baseball team will compete in the newly-established qualifying round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, establishing themselves as a top competitor in the sport.

About baseball and softball in Manchester and London

London is the most popular UK city for baseball and softball, with over 400 teams playing through the summer. Numerous baseball clubs can be found around the capital, among them a large youth league based at Wormwood Scrubs and adult clubs in Richmond, Croydon, and Finsbury Park.. In addition to the over 400 baseball clubs throughout the city, co-ed slowpitch softball is very popular. A number of corporate leagues from many industries participate, including an Advertising League, a Charities League, Bankers, Publishers, a Legal League, as well as a thriving club league called the Greater London Softball Mixed League. Most of the softball played in London is in Regents Park, Finsbury Park and on Clapham Common, as well as an indoor softball league that runs throughout the winter at Play On Sports in Canary Wharf.

The Manchester Baseball Club plays near Didsbury and offers programmes for youngsters and adults, while the Manchester Softball League is a thriving co-ed slowpitch league that has a permanent base at Parrs Wood School and also uses the University of Manchester playing fields as a base. The league has strong ties with local businesses and offers opportunities for beginners and experienced men and women to play. Indoor softball is played throughout the winter at the Platt Lane Complex in Fallowfield. For more information about playing, please visit www.baseballsoftballuk.com.

About baseball in Europe

Baseball has a long history in Europe dating back to the 1800’s and has enjoyed periods of great popularity throughout the past century. There is a strong fan base and a historical precedence for success. In recent years, the National Federations, with the support of Major League Baseball International, have made a concerted effort to improve both the quality and quantity of baseball being played across the continent. Participation numbers have more than doubled in the past 10 years alone, and there are thriving leagues for players of all ages and abilities, from youth T-ball through to national leagues. The Netherlands is also improving at the highest international levels – in 2009, their World Baseball Classic team twice-defeated the much-favored Dominican Republic team to advance to Round Two of the tournament.

The Major League Baseball International European Academy, based in Tirrenia, Italy, has been host to many players from across Europe and Africa in the seven years since its inception. Designed to provide promising junior players with both the environment and the instruction to improve their skills in preparation for the rigors of professional baseball, the MLBI European Academy has seen 49 players from ten countries sign professional contracts with 19 different MLB Organizations since 2005. In September 2011, Alex Liddi became the first graduate of the Major League Baseball International European Academy to play in the Major Leagues. He is also the first Italian-born and developed player to play Major League Baseball.

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