About Play Ball

Seattle Play BallOn June 20, 2015, Major League Baseball and the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) launched a new Play Ball initiative, which will focus on the sport of baseball and encourage sustained participation in the sport for years to come. Play Ball will serve as a platform to connect with those who are currently involved in the game, while also providing alternative ways in for those looking to get involved, with a specific focus on youth participation.

During the summer of 2016, MLB, with the help of mayors across the country, will implement "Play Ball Summer" with the goal of energizing communities and generating support and love for baseball and softball.

Mayors will engage citizens, families and their respective city departments to organize individual and community events centered on baseball and softball. These activities will not only create a renewed sense of enthusiasm for the game, but will also serve as an opportunity to strengthen family and community bonds.

2016

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2015

During the month of August 2015, Mayors engaged citizens, families, and city departments at individual and community events. These activities focused on strengthening families and communities while generating sustainable enthusiasm and a broad participation for the game of baseball and baseball related activities.


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Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson high fives one of the youth participants at the Baltimore play ball event.

USCM President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, MLB Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., USCM CEO and Executive Director and Baseball Hall of Fame Frank Robinson joined Baltimore City youth and the Orioles Bird for the 2015 Play Ball event in Baltimore August 26, 2015.


Contacts

JOCELYN BOGEN
CLA Director
The United States Conference of Mayors
202-861-6727
jbogen@usmayors.org

TOM McCLIMON
Managing Director
The United States Conference of Mayors
202-861-6729
mcclimon@usmayors.org
Play Ball sign up, organizing local events and promotion

DOUG PALMER
Former Mayor of Trenton, Past USCM President, Adviser on Play Ball
dpalmer19@gmail.com
Mayoral involvement in Play Ball events

CHRIS MARINAK
Sr. Vice President, League Economics & Strategy
Major League Baseball
245 Park Ave, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10167
212-931-7489
chris.marinak@mlb.com
Press Inquires about MLB and Play Ball

THOMAS C. BRASUELL
Vice President, Community Affairs
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10167
212-931-7897
tom.brasuell@mlb.com
MLB support of local Play Ball events