A Strong New Collaboration

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: March 29, 2010

PIKESVILLE, Md. — BlackCollegeBaseball.com announced on Monday that the BatterUp Foundation/ DC RBI ( B-UP /DC RBI ) has agreed to a two year partnership for the 2010 and 2011 baseball seasons.

The BatterUp Foundation/D.C. RBI will work closely with the site to increase college placement opportunities for African-American youth baseball players in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area and coordinate showcases sponsored by Black College Baseball.

Executive Director Keith Stubbs of B-UP /D.C. RBI will also serve as the Scouting Director for BlackCollegeBaseball.com.

Keith Stubbs is currently a scout for the 2008 World Champion and 2009 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Mr. Stubbs completed the Major League Baseball Scout Development Program in partnership with RBI in 2000. His past accomplishments include scouting for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels and former Director of On-Field Sessions for the Baseball Factory.

He is also currently Director of Baseball Operations for “Fields of Dreams”, a non-profit organizations focusing on inner-city youth baseball and character development. BatterUp Foundation/D.C. RBI will also become the primary partner for the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards.

“Partnering with Keith Stubbs and the BatterUp Foundation/D.C. RBI stays in line with the strategic growth of BlackCollegeBaseball.com and the goal of assisting high school ball players in college placement, says BCB owner Ruffin Bell.

“Using the services of professional Major League Scouts such as Stubbs, as evaluators, will help bring instant credibility to evaluations forwarded to HBCU and college coaches on behalf of quality college eligible baseball players.”

The Batter-Up Foundation/D.C. RBI was formed in 2004 to revitalize interest in baseball and to improve the development of local players, especially minorities, with the goal of increasing college opportunities.

The Batter-Up Foundation/D.C. RBI strive s to achieve this mission through year-round mentoring and character education in the context of baseball instruction.

Based on the experience and similar missions of both organizations, we believe we can create a platform that can better link College Baseball programs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region to African-American high school baseball players that have l argely gone unnoticed until now,” says Executive Director Keith Stubbs.

By creating this bridge, we will be providing more opportunities for minorities to go to college and simultaneously revitalizing the game of baseball in the region.

Stubbs adds, “ We will achieve this goal through a series of events that will showcase the area’s talent and serve as a new medium with which c ollege b aseball programs can utilize to recruit players.”

“Both organizations have experienced personnel who are qualified to provide an accurate scouting report of high school baseball players. These reports will be integral to the implementation of this new platform and can be replicated for coaches in areas outside of the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region.

Started in 2002, BlackCollegeBaseball.com is dedicated to the promotion of black college baseball teams, the academic institutions and collegiate baseball.

NOTE: For more information about BCB, visit the official website at www.blackcollegebaseball.com .