Phillies, Mets to play in 2018 MLB Little League Classic

Phillies Mets to Play 2nd MLB Little League Classic Game August

ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball will air the game beginning at 7 p.m. Families, players and coaches from the Little League World Series will be in attendance.

MLB held the first ever MLB Little League Classic this summer between the Pirates and Cardinals, with the Pirates winning 6-3.

The Phillies are actually a natural selection for this special game, as the franchise has a connection to Williamsport - the Williamsport Crosscutters is the Phillies' Class-A Short Season affiliate, and they play at Historic Bowman Field.

Major Leaguers on the Phillies and Mets will also attend Little League Baseball World Series games earlier in the day on August 19.

"This is a great opportunity for our club to participate in a game that brings so many Little Leaguers and their families together", added Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Major League Baseball chipped in approximately $1.5 million toward the installation of an all-new playing surface and an irrigation and drainage system, Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana said previously.

It spent more money transforming the 2,500-seat facility into a major league park for the game by adding padding to the outfield fence, constructing a temporary video board, extending higher the plain wall batter's eye behind the center field fence and providing amenities for players in tents.

A plain wall, or batter's eye, was erected in center field.

Hundreds without tickets sat lined on a hill outside the stadium on the third base side.

"It's experiences like the 2018 MLB Little League Classic that create baseball fans for life, and we are honored to be a part of it.", said Phillies executive vice president David Buck.

"The 2017 MLB Little League Classic was a unique event which defines all that is good about sports, about mentorship and about our young people".



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