MLB Press Releases
Marketing partners worldwide align with 2017 World Baseball Classic
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced its marketing partners for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The list includes global, team and venue partners from 15 countries across five continents. The four Global Sponsors for the 2017 tournament include GungHo, the video game corporation that developed mobile hit Puzzles & Dragons; Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker; Nippon Express, Japan's largest logistics provider; and Nomura Securities, a leading financial services group. Global Sponsors receive the highest level of association with the event, including significant presence in the six tournament venues and across all media platforms worldwide. Delta Air Lines will support the unique travel demands of the tournament as the preferred carrier of the World Baseball Classic.
MLB names four new umpires to the full-time staff
Major League Baseball announced today that four umpires - Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres - have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff.
Miami to host MLB All-Star Fanfest and MLB All-Star Sunday for first time ever
Major League Baseball announced that fans are now able to purchase tickets for All-Star FanFest and All-Star Sunday, including the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. For 48 hours following the launch of tickets going on sale, a "Flash" discount featuring a $10.00 FanFest ticket good for any time slot will be offered. The promo code for this discount, which is valid online only, is FFAS. Tickets for All-Star FanFest and All-Star Sunday can be purchased at the official website of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (allstargame.com), the Marlins official website (marlins.com), the Marlins Advance Ticket Windows at Marlins Park beginning in May, and by calling 1-888-FanFest. Mastercard, preferred by Major League Baseball, is an accepted form of payment.
Five Minor League players suspended
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Four HBCUs to compete in Urban Invitational at New Orleans MLB Youth Academy
Four Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) will compete at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy (MLBYA) in the 10th annual Urban Invitational, which is being hosted in New Orleans for the fourth consecutive year from Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th.
Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Tigers owner Michael Ilitch
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of the owner of the Detroit Tigers since 1992, Michael Ilitch, who was 87.
Rules announced for the 2017 World Baseball Classic
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the rules and rule modifications for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will begin on Monday, March 6th when Korea hosts Israel at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. Final rosters for each of the 16 participating countries will be unveiled tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on MLB Network.
Commissioner's statement regarding Chris Correa
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the statement made by former St. Louis Cardinals employee Chris Correa.
Youth initiatives will be a central focus for MLB during Black History Month
Key youth-related initiatives will be a central focus for Major League Baseball during Black History Month, with efforts, including those by MLB Clubs, touching down in multiple cities throughout the country. Activities launch with two Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life visits by Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson, and continue with a collegiate baseball tournament designed to promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) along with several initiatives that celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to our sport and build toward a positive future on and off the field.