It’s the 4th Annual Dennis Gilbert Spring Baseball Classic, it’s going on now through March 30 at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, and you should support it if you possibly can.
The MLBYA is an MLB-run community space, with three main goals: to give kids a place to go – a good place to go – to stress academics, and to teach baseball. Additional academies have been built in Puerto Rico, Houston and New Orleans, with Cincinnati, Philadelphia and South Florida in the works.
Students from the following Los Angeles high schools are participating in the round-robin tournament: Dorsey, Eagle Rock, Fremont, Fulton Prep, Gardena, Hamilton, Hollywood, Jefferson, King-Drew, Maywood, Monroe, Roybal, Sotomayor, SOCES, South East, South Gate, Sylmar, University, Venice and Wilson. Wood bats are used.
You probably know Dennis Gilbert as baseball’s first “super-agent,” former Dodgers owner hopeful, and the guy who sits directly behind home plate at Dodger Stadium pretty much every night during the season. Here’s a bit more from the event press release:
“Gilbert played baseball at Gardena High School, Los Angeles City College and for four years in the minor leagues before launching a highly-successful career in the insurance business and as a sports agent. He is chairman and founder of the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, which provides financial assistance to former baseball scouts in need. Gilbert also personally funded the baseball diamond at Los Angeles Southwest Community College, which has been used by the local program of Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI). He serves on Major League Baseball’s Salary Arbitration and Player Development committees, is special assistant to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and is an active board member and supporter of the MLB Urban Youth Academy.”
The tournament began Thursday, and my apologies for getting this to you late. The remaining schedule is below.
Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, El Camino College, Compton Center (west of football field) 901 East Artesia Blvd. Compton, Calif. 90221, 310-763-3479.
Saturday, March 23
Hamilton vs. Sotomayor at Hamilton, 3 p.m.
University vs. Dorsey at Roybal, TBD
Venice vs. Roybal at Roybal, 3 p.m.
Monroe vs. Jefferson at UYA#1, 9 a.m.
South East vs. King-Drew at UYA#1, 11:45 a.m.
Maywood vs. Eagle Rock at UYA#1, 3:15 p.m.
Fremont vs. Fulton Prep at UYA#2, 12:15 p.m.
Wilson vs. University at UYA#2, 3:30
Monday, March 25
Hamilton vs. Jefferson at Hamilton, Noon
Eagle Rock vs. Fulton Prep at Hamilton, 3 p.m.
Wilson vs. Gardena at Roybal, 2:30 p.m.
South East vs. Roybal at Roybal, 6 p.m.
University vs. Dorsey at UYA#1, 9:30 a.m.
Maywood vs. Fremont at UYA#1, 12:15 p.m.
Venice vs. King-Drew at UYA#1, 3:30
Hollywood vs. Sylmar at Monroe, 10 a.m.
Monroe vs. Sotomayor at Monroe, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
SOCES vs. Hollywood at Hamilton, 10 a.m.
Hamilton vs. Monroe at Hamilton, 1 p.m.
Dorsey vs. Wilson at Roybal, Noon
King-Drew vs. Roybal at Roybal, 3 p.m.
Maywood vs. Fulton Prep at UYA#1, 9:30 a.m.
Gardena vs. University at UYA #1, 12:15 p.m.
Fremont vs. Eagle Rock at UYA#1, 3:30 p.m.
Jeferson vs. Sotomayor at Venice, 3 p.m.
South East vs. Venice at Venice, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
Quarterfinals and Consolation games
Hamilton 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Roybal, Noon and 3 p.m.
Sylmar, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
UYA#1, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
UYA#2, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.”
Friday, March 29
Semifinals at MLB UYA#1, 10:30 a.m. and #2, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 30
Championship game and all-star presentation at Southwest College, Dennis Gilbert Field, Noon.