March 28, 2017
MLB, JAYS CARE FOUNDATION, BASEBALL CANADA AND BASEBALL QUÉBEC BRING EXCITEMENT OF ‘PLAY BALL’ TO MONTRÉAL
Expos Legends – Hall of Fame Electee Tim Raines and Former All-Star OF Marquis Grissom – Will Participate in Event
Roughly 300 youth from Montréal and Throughout Québec to Experience MLB’s Signature Youth Event that Highlights the Fun and Informal Ways Baseball Can Be Played
WHAT: Major League Baseball, Jays Care Foundation, Baseball Canada and Baseball Québec will host a ‘PLAY BALL’ event at Olympic Stadium, the former home of the Montreal Expos (1977-2004). The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature kids from all over the province of Québec participating in activities that highlight the variety of fun, informal ways baseball and softball can be played. The activities include: home run derby, base running, bat & ball games and more. Attending kids will receive a bat & ball set to take home as well as ‘PLAY BALL’ t-shirts and wristbands.
This is the first ‘PLAY BALL’ event held in Canada. It will complement the “Spring Training at Olympic Stadium” festivities, which centre around exhibition games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st.
WHO: Tim Raines – Hall of Fame electee; Expos Legend; 23-tear veteran OF; a seven-time All-Star; Roving Outfield & Baserunning Instructor, with the Toronto Blue Jays
Marquis Grissom – Expos Legend; 17-Year veteran OF; Two-Time MLB All-Star.
Denis Coderre – Mayor, City of Montréal
Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, Major League Baseball
WHERE: Olympic Stadium, 4141 Avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3N7, Canada
WHEN: Sunday, April 2nd, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET
About PLAY BALL
The PLAY BALL initiative is MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, including key dates throughout the MLB offseason and into the World Series.
PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com, USASoftball.com and other partner websites. PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a “PlayBall Near You” interactive map that locates local community leagues. The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network’s youth-focused show “Play Ball,” which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League. PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, and Kansas City Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart program, also is available. PLAY BALL is generously supported by Scotts, Nathan’s and other MLB corporate sponsors.