Palm Bay’s ‘Play Ball’ Campaign Features Weekend All-Stars, Manatees Game
By Yvonne Martinez, Palm Bay // August 26, 2015
grand finale set for August 29
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The grand finale of the mayor’s first annual Play Ball initiative with Major League and Minor League Baseball is Saturday August 29.
The day begins with the Palm Bay Space Coast Baseball League All-Stars featuring a 9-inning game between the Stan Musial 15+ Division vs. Roy Hobbs 28+ Division. Gates open at8:45 a.m. and the game begins at 10 a.m.
Later in the evening the Brevard County Manatees will host a free baseball/softball clinic on the AAA Filed (Gate 5) from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Players must bring their own baseball equipment.
The manatees will also be donating a portion of the game night ticket sales to the local little leagues. Tickets for Saturday night’s game between the Manatees and Clearwater Threshers can be ordered online and must be purchased 48-hours in advance of the game which starts at 6:35 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.).
The city’s participation in the Play Ball initiative began with the U.S. Conference of Mayors which partnered with Major League Baseball to promote the sport in cities across the country.
“Baseball is the ‘Great American Pastime’ and is so rich with nostalgia,” Mayor Capote said.
“It helps unite communities and families and I hope everyone will come out and participate in one of these events and also take the opportunity during the month to sign up for a league. It’s all about just getting out there and playing the game, so let’s ‘Play Ball’ Palm Bay!”
Palm Bay joins more than 125 cities around the country participating with Major League and Minor League Baseball to promote the sport and increase participation for future generations of the game.
“For decades, baseball has had a unique ability to bring communities together, and today, Major League Baseball is seeking to strengthen that connection between our sport and cities across the country through our new PLAY BALL initiative,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D.Manfred, Jr.
“We are thrilled to begin this new and innovative partnership with Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and I thank all the mayors who have stepped up to support this effort to provide fun experiences for kids and families during PLAY BALL Month.”
For more information and links to ticket orders visit Playpalmbay.org