During the weekend at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Fla., the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds RBI programs earned the baseball championships of the 2021 RBI World Series.
Atlanta won the Junior Division Championship following an 11-0 victory over Roberto Clemente RBI of Jersey City while Cincinnati claimed the Senior Division title after defeating RBI Austin 10-5.
Atlanta starting pitcher Jackson Davis was named the MVP of the Junior Division Championship Game after a complete-game performance of allowing zero runs on four hits. He struck out four Jersey City batters overall and closed out the game by retiring eight of the final 10 batters he faced. The title for Atlanta is the 14th RBI World Series championship for the city, tying Los Angeles for the most in tournament history. This is Atlanta’s third championship in the Junior Baseball Division, which includes the first RBI World Series in 1993 as well as titles in this division in 1995 and 2002. The Braves RBI program will be represented in the Softball Division of the RBI World Series, which begins tomorrow, August 8th
Cincinnati left fielder Tarrus Garrett Jr. was named the MVP of the Senior Division Championship Game after delivering the decisive bases-clearing double in the top of the 7th inning. Garrett finished the day with a game-high three runs scored, a team-high of three runs batted in, and a stolen base. This is Cincinnati’s first RBI World Series Championship in just their 9th overall appearance. They made their RBI World Series debut in 2001. The Reds RBI program also will be represented next week in the Softball Division.
The RBI program has provided a path for many players to enter the college and professional game. MLB Clubs have drafted more than 300 RBI participants throughout the program’s 33-year history, and many others have been given the opportunity for higher education through baseball and softball scholarships. There have been more than 100 RBI alumni selected between the 2013-2021 MLB Drafts.
RBI alumni who have appeared in the Major Leagues in 2021 include Justin Upton (Los Angeles Angels), Eloy Jimenez (Chicago White Sox), Nomar Mazara (free agent – formerly Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers), Anthony Rendon (Los Angeles Angels), Josh Harrison (Oakland A’s), Jackie Bradley Jr. (Milwaukee Brewers), J.P. Crawford (Seattle Mariners) and Dominic Smith (New York Mets). Jimenez (Dominican Republic RBI – ’12), Mazara (Dominican Republic RBI – ‘11), Crawford (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI – ‘09) and Smith (Venice Boys & Girls Club RBI – ‘09) have each played in the RBI World Series.
The RBI World Series is the international baseball and softball championship tournament of the Major League Baseball RBI program, which is designed to provide young people from underserved and diverse communities with the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork.
The RBI program, which has served approximately 2 million young people since its inception, is administered by Major League Baseball and designed to give young people from underserved and diverse communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, while also encouraging academic achievement and success and teaching the value of teamwork and other important life lessons. RBI currently serves youth in over 200 programs in approximately 200 cities worldwide. MLB and its Clubs have designated more than $40 million worth of resources to the RBI program, and all 30 Clubs support RBI leagues.