Everything to know about the MLB Little League Classic originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Kids are the stars of the Little League World Series, but they aren’t the only ones taking the field in Williamsport, Pa., this summer.
Major League Baseball recently introduced the Little League Classic, which gives the participants from the Little League World Series a chance to watch their heroes up close. The event has been a hit from the start, and now it’s back again to cap off the opening weekend of the 2022 Little League World Series.
Here’s everything to know about the MLB Little League Classic’s history, along with a look at who will be playing in it this year:
What is the MLB Little League Classic?
The Little League Classic is a matchup between two MLB teams at the site of the Little League World Series.
The day begins with action across the Little League World Series, where players from the two MLB teams get to spend the morning and early afternoon watching action at Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium. The roles then reverse at night, as the Little Leaguers and their families fill the stands to watch two big league clubs square off.
The game itself counts as a regular season MLB contest with one team being “home” and the other being “away.” Following the matchup, the pros incorporate Little League sportsmanship by shaking hands at home plate.
When was the MLB Little League Classic founded?
The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals were the first two MLB teams to take part in the event when it was first held in 2017.
The announcement of the event came a season after the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves competed in the Fort Bragg Game, the first ever U.S. professional sporting event held on an active military base. The success of that game led to MLB’s founding of the Little League Classic in March 2017.
The league has since added an additional, annual contest at a historic site to its calendar in the MLB at Field of Dreams.
Where is the MLB Little League Classic played?
The game is held at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport. The venue is the home ballpark for the Williamsport Crosscutters of the collegiate MLB Draft League.
In case you were wondering, no, the diamond is not the size of a Little League field. Along with the standard MLB pitching mound and base paths, it is 323 feet down the left field line, 331 feet down the right field line and 411 feet to center.
When is the 2022 MLB Little League Classic?
The 2022 MLB Little League Classic will be an AL East showdown between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. The two teams were originally scheduled to face off in the 2020 MLB Little League Classic, but that event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, the Orioles will be the home team after hosting the Red Sox at Camden Yards on Friday and Saturday.
First pitch for the contest is set for 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21. The latest start time for any Little League World Series game that day is 2 p.m. ET, giving all tournament participants a chance to watch the MLB showcase.
The MLB Little League Classic will be broadcast on ESPN and can be streamed on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app.
MLB Little League Classic results by year
Here are the outcomes from the previous four MLB Little League Classics: