By:Marvin Chambers:|4.0 Sports Media
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), sponsored by Major League Baseball, is a program designed to promote the game of baseball to teenage boys and girls in disadvantaged areas. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, RBI leagues are matriculating in local Boys & Girls Clubs all over the country.
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) was founded in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles by former Major Leaguer John Young.
A large component of the partnership established in early 1997 between MLB and its official charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA), was the merger and expansion of youth baseball and softball programs conducted separately by the two organizations.
In August, Major League Baseball sponsors the RBI World Series. Winners of regional RBI tournaments meet for the chance to win championships in one of three divisions: the junior boys (13-15 year olds), senior boys (16-18 year olds) or girls softball (15-18 year olds).
Danny Rodriguez, Alvin Montanez, Victor Rivera, Roberto Rivera, Jaime Lebron, Jenice Montanez, coaches, and staff members have revitalized the city by their Roberto Clemente Youth Academy for young women and men by implementing the game of baseball. Baseball has been an integral part of teaching these student-athletes the fundamentals of the sport while gaining exposure throughout the country.
Last weekend the RYCA opened its season RBI Showcase Kickoff Classic against Paterson even with the 5-1 lost there were a few Passaic student-athletes that stood out in the contest.
Angel Cespedes RF committed Howard in Spring Texas. 4.0 Sports had this to say about Cespedes: Good bat speed through the K-Zone. Moves laterally well. Consistent hard contact. Proper throwing mechanics. Throws have carry. Good body control for size. Makes routine plays. Solid competitor. ” I play hard every time I go out and I’m excited to start my college career in Texas to show what I can really do. I just want to compete.” Cespedes said.
Isaias Guzman 3B for RCYA. Guzman has made strides at the hot corner over the few seasons and he would be a natural third baseman going to college. Isaias has a plus arm and solid foot speed should play right away on the next level. He’s athletic and moves well, showing solid ability to close to the gap and clean, if at times deliberate, actions. At third base he has adequate hands and controls his body well on the move, but his lower-half has to get stronger if he want to compete on the next level. Guzman has exceptional hand to eye coordination. “I love playing the hot corner and I know for me to be successful on the next level I have to hit the weight room this summer. I’m working hard everyday to get better and playing with these group of guys this summer will help my game tremendously.” Guzman said.
Cesar Murillo SS for RCYA. 4.0 sports had this to say about Murillo: Excellent loose arm and throwing motion. Great range, runs easy has a natural movement, moves left and right with fluidity has great bat speed. Murillo has soft hands and can make just about every throw from the position. “I play hard every chance I get because you never know who is watching you. We have a good team and we are going to do well this season. I play every game like it is my last. I just want to improve my game so I can be ready for the next level.” Murillo said.
“RYCA is a great way to galvinized the city of Passaic. It keeps our kids out of trouble and off the streets, while at the same time teaching them to stay in school and maintain their grades. If our kids have success in our program it does something for their confidence and self-esteem. It is all about preparing these student-athletes for college and gaining exposure. We want our kids to receive scholarships to college and gain notoriety. We are putting them on the right path through our academy. A big part of our success have been because of coaches Pete Diaz and Kervin Rivera who has been very supportive since the inception of our academy.” RYCA Coach Mario Maravi said.