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MLB Little League Classic

BaAM produced the first-ever MLB Little League Classic, which debuted in August 2017 in Williamsport, PA.  The event was inspired by the League’s dedication to reconnect with youth, a stated priority for Commissioner Rob Manfred.  Coinciding with the Little League World Series, this inaugural event brought the big leagues to the little leagues.  Players from the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals spent the day with Little League players. Later that night, Little Leaguers and their families were treated to a regular season game between the two teams.

BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field was the perfect setting, but it required some intense pre-planning to be ready for the big day.  BaAM’s team completed a feasibility study a year in advance to ensure the site could accommodate a league-sanctioned, regular season game.  A few months later, renovations began at BB&T Ballpark.  From the infield to the outfield, foul poles, and bull pens, BaAM worked closely with Murray Cook and his team at BrightView to have all renovations complete by the Williamsport Croscutters’ (Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) home opener on June 20. A few weeks later, BaAM’s team mobilized to site to complete installation of remaining event components, including back-of-house facilities, broadcast, IT, and operational infrastructure.  

The MLB Little League Classic proved to be a home run for the League. It brought together its current and future stars, even including every player from each of the 16 Little League World Series teams on-field as part of the pregame introductions.   A few weeks after the inaugural game, MLB announced that another will be played at Williamsport in 2018, this time featuring the Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets.

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