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Hall of Famer Rod Carew Joins Youth Baseball Network

06/05/2017, 8:00am CDT
By YBN

Baseball legend Rod Carew will lead a team of baseball executives providing input to
Youth Baseball Network regarding the promotion of youth baseball.

Boston, MA (June 5, 2017) – Youth Baseball Network™ announced today that Rod Carew, one of the greatest hitters to play Major League Baseball and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has joined the Company’s  senior management staff.

Carew will serve as Senior Vice President and head the Baseball Advisory Team.

Youth Baseball Network (YBN) is a digital marketing and media company dedicated to amateur baseball. It also owns and operates the prestigious YBN National Championship – a tournament of 12U National Champions representing several national amateur baseball organizations. The Championship, which showcases the most elite 12-13 year-old players in the country, is held annually in Branson, Missouri. The 2017 YBN Championship will be played August 16-19 at Ballparks of America.

Carew is considered one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game. His career in Major League Baseball spanned 19-years – playing 12-years with the Minnesota Twins and 7-years with the California Angels.  He won 7 batting titles and was an 18-time American League All-Star. His career batting average was .328 and he hit .340 in the decade of the 70’s.  He also hit .350 or more 5-times, batted .300 or more for 15 consecutive years, and accumulated 3053 hits over his illustrious career.  Rod has also won multiple awards, including Rookie of the Year honors in 1967 and was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 1977.  He entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1991.

“We’re extremely pleased and honored to have Rod Carew join our Company,” stated Gil Vieira, founder and CEO of Youth Baseball Network.  “Rod is a legend in baseball and well-respected in the game by his peers.  We’re very fortunate to have him help us promote our great game and the Youth Baseball Industry.”

Carew will lead a team of executives promoting the game via Youth Baseball Network’s marketing efforts in the grassroots of baseball.  He will also be instrumental with Youth Baseball Network’s plans to expand its reach into Latin America when the YBN Championship develops its international bracket.  Carew was born in Panama and is also a member of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame, based in the Dominican Republic.

“I’m extremely pleased to join Youth Baseball Network and assist with their great concept promoting youth baseball,” stated Carew.  “The Company’s plan to promote the game is much needed.  I’m very excited to be involved with their efforts and with the young players participating in our game.  I also believe their YBN Championship will become the premier youth baseball tournament in the country. It’s all very exciting.”

Youth Baseball Network is now entering into its next phase of development.  It will soon introduce YBN-TV and YBN Productions.  In 2017, the YBN National Championship will be streamed live on YouthBaseballNetwork.com and ASBN.tv (Amateur Sports Broadcasting Network).  In addition, the Finals will be distributed to millions of TVs, nationwide.

Live streaming of multiple games, plus broadcasting the YBN Championship Finals on television, will help showcase the ‘50-70’ game played at the Championship.

The term ‘50-70’ refers to field dimensions and new rules used by the elite 12-13 year-old players in the country.  This differs from the traditional ‘46-60’ rules used at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.  The ‘50’ refers to the distance between the pitchers’ mound and home plate, while the ‘70’ refers to the distance between the bases. The Little League World Series uses a distances of 46’ from the pitchers’ mound and 60’ between bases.  In addition, the ‘50-70’ game allows for players to take leads and steal bases. Also, the field is generally 250’ to the fences down the lines and 275’ to center field. In comparison, Williamsport does not allow leads or stealing, and fences for the Little League World Series are 225’ to all points.

 “We’re pleased to be showcasing the ‘50-70’ game on the Internet and television,” stated Vieira. “I believe the excitement and fun playing this brand of baseball will help the industry attract more young players to the game.”

Vieira continued by stating, “The addition of Rod Carew and his baseball expertise, plus his involvement in the game, worldwide, will expedite YBN’s growth and enable us to expand our reach into Latin America and beyond more quickly.”

To learn more about Rod Carew, visit: www.RodCarew.com.

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About Youth Baseball Network

Youth Baseball Network LLC is a digital marketing and media company dedicated to amateur baseball. Its mission is to promote, encourage and assist the ongoing development of youth baseball.

The Company is committed to becoming the premier amateur baseball website and Internet portal for the  industry, plus the leading digital marketing and media company in amateur baseball.  

To learn more about Youth Baseball Network, visit: www.YouthBaseballNetwork.com

Inquiries directed to:  info@YouthBaseballNetwork.com.

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