In case you don't know already, this Sunday (August the 14th), the Perfect Game All-American Classic is being held at Petco Park. 46 of the top high school players in the country will be there, including San Diego's own Cody Poteet (Christian High School, Bonita, Calif.) and Corey Oswalt (James Madison High School, San Diego, Calif). Current Padres, Cameron Maybin (2004) & Mat Latos (2005) and Major Leaguers such as Buster Posey (2004), Andrew McCutchen (2004), Justin Upton (2004), Jason Heyward (2006) and Eric Hosmer (2007), are just some of the names who have played in this game in years past. If you want a chance to see some of the greatest young talent out there, then you won't want to miss this game. Tickets are only $5, with all the proceeds going to Rady's Children's Hospital.
Also Trevor Hoffman was named the Honorary Chairman of the game. According to the release, he will "serve as a spokesman for the game, help educate the players on the importance and value of the experience, and provide game-tested pointers to the players on both squads." They couldn't have picked a better guy for that role.
I have 4 tickets to this game that I'm giving away. Tweet & Facebook this post & a winner will be randomly picked by 7:00 tomorrow night. Make sure you tag RJ's Fro in the message & each entry improves your chances.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. (June 6, 2011) – Jerry Ford, President of Perfect Game USA, announced today that the
2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic Presented by Rawlings (www.pgallamerican.com), formerly known
as the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic, will take place on Sunday, Aug 14 at PETCO Park in San Diego,
Calif, home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres. This is the 9th annual edition of the country’s
premier high school baseball all star game and the fifth time it has been played in San Diego. The first eight
games have produced 98 former first round draft picks and over 40 of them have already appeared in Major
The East versus West matchup features 46 of the nation’s best high school players, battling at PETCO Park
for the third consecutive year, providing them with a rare opportunity to create Major League memories.
These top-level players continue to make their mark in the big leagues. In it’s brief history, the Classic has
had 80 alumni selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, including Bryce
Harper (2009), Justin Upton (2004), and Tim Beckham (2007) who where selected with the #1 pick overall.
The game has also produced an impressive 40 players that are currently on a Major League Baseball roster,
including two current Padres players, Mat Latos (2005) and Cameron Maybin (2004).
Since the game’s inception, Perfect Game USA has been the selection partner of the Classic and has now
assumed the role of title sponsor and managing partner. Rawlings, the biggest name in baseball, has been
named the game’s presenting partner and Reebok, the leader in footwear innovation, has rejoined the event.
Topps will once again be involved in producing All-American Baseball cards for each player, which have
become extremely popular and valuable to collectors.
New television partner CBS Sports Network (www.cbssportsnetwork.com) will air the 2011 Classic live on
Sunday, Aug. 14 at 8 pm EST, and just recently aired the game’s first-ever selection show, which announced
the 2011 roster and highlighted this year’s group of talented young players. The selection show aired on
Wednesday, July 13.
“Year after year I am impressed with the extraordinary high school talent this All American Baseball Classic
brings to the forefront of the baseball world,” said Jerry Ford, President of Perfect Game USA. “These young
athletes have the ability to become Major League stars of the next generation.”
“Also, this event is THE BEST high school baseball all american game in the country which is evident when
you look at the celebrated alumni that have played in it. Perfect Game USA is the nation’s top independent
baseball scouting service and Jerry Ford and his team excel every year in selecting the very best players,”
said David Gardiner, President of Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. “This event provides a unique
opportunity for the players to learn on and off the field through various community events and the baseball
Continuing an ongoing commitment to giving, the proceeds from this year’s Classic will once again benefit
Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
About Perfect Game USA
Perfect Game USA is devoted to furthering the development and career of the high school baseball player.
To that end, Perfect Game USA produces the very highest, national level, individual player showcases and
team tournaments all over the United States. These events have proven invaluable to the collegiate coaching
community and Major League Baseball as they can scout a large population of talented baseball players in
one location. Perfect Game USA has a full-time staff of 50 and well over 100 part-time staff. Nearly all have
vast professional and/or collegiate baseball experience. Perfect Game staff members are located throughout
the country. Perfect Game USA has the largest scouting department in all of baseball. The Perfect Game USA
high school player database is the largest of its kind anywhere in baseball. At any given time there will be
nearly 100,000 high school players being followed via their database.