People involved with this August's MLB game in Williamsport talk about why the game is so special to them.

The first-ever MLB Little League Classic comes to Williamsport this August, featuring the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. The special contest is drawing excitement from a number of places around baseball and even politics.

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Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

“Major League Baseball’s greatest responsibility is to ensure that today’s youth become active participants in our game as players and fans. The ‘MLB Little League Classic’ exemplifies our entire sport’s commitment to building a stronger connection between young people and the National Pastime. Our players will honor the great tradition of the Little League World Series and create lifelong memories for the Little Leaguers, their families and the city of Williamsport. I thank the Pirates and the Cardinals, Little League Baseball, Governor Wolf, the Crosscutters, the City of Williamsport, and ESPN for helping us organize an unforgettable weekend.”

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark

“The MLBPA and the Players on the Cardinals and Pirates are looking forward to taking part in the Little League Classic. We look at this event as an opportunity for the baseball community to join forces in celebrating the benefits of playing our great game. Participating in youth baseball provides our children with valuable lessons that will last a lifetime, and Major Leaguers possess the power to deliver an important message to all: Through hard work and perseverance dreams can come true.”

Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO

“We continue to work closely with our friends at Major League Baseball to find new and exciting ways to engage more children around the world with our great game. We look forward to welcoming the Pirates and the Cardinals to Williamsport during the Little League Baseball World Series this summer. We are extremely grateful to Commissioner Manfred, the Pirates and Cardinals, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and state Senator Gene Yaw for their support of this exciting, new initiative, and we look forward to a fun and memorable MLB Little League Classic.”

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

“Pennsylvania is excited to support this important project to upgrade Historic Bowman Field and bring the Pirates and Cardinals to Williamsport for the first MLB game at the park. As a lifelong and avid baseball fan, I am pleased to welcome this historic game as another part of Pennsylvania’s storied connection to our national pastime. I want to thank Senator Gene Yaw, Major League Baseball and Little League International for their partnership in making this become a reality.”

Pennsylvania State Senator Gene Yaw

“The importance of this cooperative undertaking between Little League Baseball and Major League Baseball will be remembered for generations. Moreover, it will undoubtedly have life-changing effects on all of the players. We owe a sincere ‘thank you’ to MLB for coming to Williamsport.”

Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting

“We could not be more excited to play in Williamsport in front of thousands of enthusiastic Little League players and their families. It is sure to be a rewarding experience for our players and staff, and I am sure it will bring back many fond memories of playing youth baseball. This game speaks to the Commissioner’s commitment to the growth of the game and our collective outreach to the next generation of baseball players and fans.”

Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle

“I think it will be a great opportunity for us to connect with another generation of fans. We’re looking forward to playing at the friendly confines of Bowman Field and in the rural, rustic city of Williamsport, PA. Major League Baseball is working hard to add to the ambiance at the park and to the field to make it a great experience for everyone involved.”

St. Louis Cardinals Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both of our teams and the game of baseball to showcase the way baseball links generations. Our national pastime is something that brings families together and this game in Williamsport is a great way to showcase that for baseball fans all across our country.”

St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny

“It will be exciting for our team to be able to take part in the celebration of youth baseball at the home of the Little League World Series. To witness first-hand the energy and excitement of the Little Leaguers and their family and friends, will no doubt take us all back to our baseball roots and the special memories that the game of baseball provides.”


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