2018 MLB Little League Classic

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2018 MLB Little League Classic
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New York Mets 0402010108140
Philadelphia Phillies 000002000280
DateAugust 19, 2018
Venue BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
City Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Managers
Umpires Chris Guccione (HP), Jeremie Rehak (1B), Mark Ripperger (2B), Gerry Davis (3B)
Attendance2,429
Television ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
ESPN Deportes [1]
TV announcersESPN:
Matt Vasgersian (play-by-play)
Alex Rodriguez (analyst)
Jessica Mendoza (analyst)
Buster Olney (reporter)
ESPN Deportes:
Luis Alfredo Álvarez (play-by-play)
Yopenay Grande (analyst)
Guillermo Celis (reporter)
Radio ESPN Radio
Radio announcersMike Couzens (play-by-play)
Jim Bowden (analyst)

The 2018 MLB Little League Classic was a regular season Major League Baseball (MLB) game that was played on August 19, 2018, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2018 MLB season and the 2018 Little League World Series. [2] It was the second edition of the annual MLB Little League Classic game. [3]

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901, respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

Williamsport, Pennsylvania City in Pennsylvania, United States

Williamsport is a city in, and the county seat of, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, United States. In 2017, the population was estimated at 28,348. It is the principal city of the Williamsport, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a population of about 114,000.

The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29, 2018. The regular season ended on October 1, extended a day for tiebreaker games to decide the winners of the National League Central and National League West divisions. The postseason began on October 2. The World Series began on October 23, and ended on October 28 with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.

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The game was played between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. It was televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and MLB Network, and it also aired on ESPN Radio. [4]

2018 New York Mets season

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2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

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Background

The 2017 MLB Little League Classic saw the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6–3. In late September 2017, MLB announced that a second Classic would be held in 2018, between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. [2]

2017 MLB Little League Classic MLB game

The 2017 MLB Little League Classic was a Major League Baseball (MLB) game held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2017 Little League World Series on August 20, 2017. It was the first playing of what is now an annual MLB Little League Classic game, part of MLB's effort to get more children interested in and involved with baseball at a younger age.

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

The Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park; the team previously played at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium, the latter of which was named after its location near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Founded on October 15, 1881 as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or the "Buccos".

St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Entering the second Classic, the Phillies were 68–55, a half-game behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East; the Mets were 53–69, 15 games behind the Braves. [5] MLB allowed each team to add a 26th player to their active roster, due to the game being played at a neutral site; the Phillies added catcher Andrew Knapp and the Mets added first baseman Dominic Smith. [6]

Atlanta Braves Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Games behind

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Game

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August 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field
Team123456789 R H E
New York Mets 0402010108140
Philadelphia Phillies 000002000280
WP: Jason Vargas (3–8)   LP: Nick Pivetta (7–10)
Home runs:
NYM: None
PHI: Carlos Santana (18)
Attendance: 2,429
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Bowman Field during the 2018 MLB Little League Classic

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Pitching

Media

The game was aired nationally on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and MLB Network. It was aired in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. The game was broadcast on ESPN Radio and Westwood One. It was streamed world-wide on ESPN.com and the ESPN app, as well as multiple streaming-based websites such as Hulu.

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BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field Baseball park in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA, home to the Williamsport Crosscutters

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References

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  2. 1 2 Trezza, Joe (September 29, 2017). "Phils, Mets to play in MLB Little League Classic". MLB Advanced Media . Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  3. "Little League Classic returning in 2018". Ballpark Digest. BD Editors. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. "Phillies and Mets to play in 2018 MLB Little League Classic". ESPN. October 2, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  5. "Standings At Close of Play of August 18, 2018". Retrosheet . Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  6. Cranston, Mike (August 19, 2018). "Kid stuff: Mets rout Phillies 8-2 in Little League Classic". apnews.com. AP . Retrieved August 8, 2019.

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