Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce 2015 PLAY BALL Cities for PLAY BALL Month


Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), today announced that more than 125 cities, covering 34 U.S. States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, have signed on as designated PLAY BALL Cities for the inaugural “PLAY BALL Month” of August 2015. The cities are being designated based on the commitment by each city’s Mayor to sponsor a baseball or softball-related activity during August. Mayors will report their activities to http://www.usmayors.org/playball.  Major League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced their PLAY BALL partnership at USCM’s 83(rd) Annual Meeting in June.

“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.”

“The PLAY BALL initiative is baseball in its purest form, building relationships between the game and its future generations,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “It is incredibly important for us to encourage participation at the grassroots level and Minor League Baseball fully supports these efforts.”

“Mayors are pleased to join Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in bringing fun baseball and softball activities to our cities,” said USCM President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “I am proud to have already participated in a PLAY BALL event in my community and look forward to hearing how other mayors across the country celebrate baseball – our Great National Pastime.”

During this month, mayors across the country will host activities to engage children, citizens, families and city departments to organize individual and community-based, baseball and softball-related events, such as playing catch, running bases and more. The activities will be focused on strengthening bonds between families, communities and the game.

PlayBall.org serves as the initiative’s online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com and other partner websites. Coaching tips and parent resources are prominent components of the site.  PlayBall.org also gives parents, coaches and kids information on how to participate in PLAY BALL activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps to help find local community leagues. Health and safety information, including the Pitch Smart and Play Sun Smart programs, also are available.

“The Conference of Mayors is honored to have joined Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in helping to inspire a renewed enthusiasm for the game,” said USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. “We are pleased with the number of mayors who have made commitments to sponsor a Play Ball activity, and look to involving more mayors in the future.”

Below is a list of 2015 PLAY BALL cities so far.  The list is subject to change and additional cities may be added.  For details on each city’s event, please visithttp://www.usmayors.org/playball/registrymonitor.asp

Below is a list of 2015 PLAY BALL Cities (along with respective Mayors):

Alexandria, VA (Mayor William Euille)    Macon, GA (Mayor Robert
Reichert)

Anaheim, CA (Mayor Tom Tait)             Madison, WI (Mayor Paul
Soglin)

Apopka, FL (Mayor Joe Kilsheimer)        Manhattan Beach, CA (Mayor
Wayne Powell)

Arlington, TX (Mayor Jeff Williams)     Mesa, AZ (Mayor John Giles)

Baltimore, MD (Mayor Stephanie           Millstone, NJ (Mayor Raymond
Rawlings-Blake)                         Heck)

Birmingham, AL (Mayor William Bell)      Milwaukee, WI (Mayor Thomas
Barrett)

Boston, MA (Mayor Martin Walsh)          Miramar, FL (Mayor Wayne
Messam)

Branson, MO (Mayor Karen Best)          Monroe, LA (Mayor James Mayo)

Bridgeport, CT (Mayor Bill Finch)        Mount Vernon, NY (Mayor Ernest
Davis)

Camuy, PR (Mayor Edwin Garcia            Myrtle Beach, SC (Mayor John
Feliciano)                              Rhodes)

Chapel Hill, NC (Mayor Mark              Nashville, TN (Mayor Karl
Kleinschmidt)                           Dean)

Charleston, SC (Mayor Joseph Riley)      New Orleans, LA (Mayor
Mitchell Landrieu)

Cincinnati, OH (Mayor John  Cranley)    Newark, NJ (Mayor Ras Baraka)

Clarence, NY (Mayor David Hartzell)      Newport News, VA (Mayor
McKinley Price)

Clarksville, TN (Mayor Kim McMillan)     Newton, MA (Mayor Setti
Warren)

Cleveland, OH (Mayor Frank G Jackson)    Niagara Falls, NY (Mayor Paul
Dyster)

Columbia, SC (Mayor Stephen Benjamin)    North Miami, FL (Mayor Smith
Joseph)

Columbus, OH (Mayor Michael Coleman)     North Wilkesboro, NC (Mayor
Robert Johnson)

Corona, CA (Mayor Eugene Montanez)       Oakland, CA (Mayor Libby
Schaaf)

Corpus Christi, TX (Mayor Nelda
Martinez)                              Ocala, FL (Mayor Kent Guinn)

Cupertino, CA (Mayor Rod Sinks)          Oklahoma City, OK (Mayor Mick
Cornett)

Davie, FL (Mayor Judith Paul)            Orland Park, IL (Mayor Daniel
McLaughlin)

Dayton, OH (Mayor Nan Whaley)           Orlando, FL (Mayor Buddy Dyer)

Des Moines, IA (Mayor T.M. Cownie)       Oroville, CA (Mayor Linda
Dahlmeier)

Doral, FL (Mayor Luigi Boria)            Palm Bay, FL (Mayor William
Capote)

Dublin, CA (Mayor David Haubert)         Paterson, NJ (Mayor Jose
“Joey” Torres)

Dubuque, IA (Mayor Roy Buol)             Pembroke Pines, FL (Mayor
Frank Ortis)

Durham, NC (Mayor William Bell)          Philadelphia, PA (Mayor
Michael Nutter)

Elizabeth, NJ (Mayor J Bollwage)         Phoenix, AZ (Mayor Greg
Stanton)

Elk Grove, CA (Mayor Gary Davis)         Piscataway, NJ (Mayor Brian
Wahler)

Erie, PA (Mayor Joseph Sinnott)          Pittsburgh, PA (Mayor Bill
Peduto)

Fort Myers, FL (Mayor Randall            Plano, TX (Mayor Harry
Henderson)                              LaRosiliere)

Fort Wayne, IN (Mayor Tom Henry)         Providence, RI (Mayor Jorge
Elorza)

Frederick, MD (Mayor Randy McClement)   Quincy, IL (Mayor Kyle Moore)

Fremont, CA (Mayor Bill Harrison)        Racine, WI (Mayor John
Dickert)

Frisco, TX (Mayor Maher Maso)            Rochester, MN (Mayor Ardell
Brede)

Gary, IN (Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)    Rochester Hills, MI (Mayor
Bryan Barnett)

Greenville, NC (Mayor Allen Thomas)      Roseville, CA (Mayor Carol
Garcia)

Gresham, OR (Mayor Shane Bemis)          Sacramento, CA (Mayor Kevin
Johnson)

Hallandale Beach, FL (Mayor Joy Cooper) Salem, VA (Mayor Randy Foley)

Hayward, CA (Mayor Barbara Halliday      Salt Lake City, UT (Mayor
Ralph Becker)

Hempstead, NJ (Mayor Wayne Hall)         San Antonio, TX (Mayor Ivy
Taylor)

Hermosa Beach, CA (Mayor Michael         San Francisco, CA (Mayor Edwin
Keegan)                                 Lee)

Hialeah, FL (Mayor Carlos  Hernández)    San Gabriel, CA (Mayor Jason
Pu)

Hillsboro, OR (Mayor Jerry Willey)       San Leandro, CA (Mayor Pauline
Cutter)

Hoffman Estates, IL (Mayor William
McLeod)                                Seattle, WA (Mayor Ed Murray)

Houston, TX (Mayor Annise Parker)       Socorro, TX (Mayor Jesus Ruiz)

Huntersville, NC (Mayor Jill Swain)      St. Louis, MO (Mayor Francis
Slay)

Indianapolis, IN (Mayor Gregory          St. Petersburg, FL (Mayor Rick
Ballard)                                Kriseman)

Irvine, CA (Mayor Steven Choi)           Tacoma, WA (Mayor Marilyn
Strickland)

Irving, TX (Mayor Beth Van Duyne)        Tallahassee, FL (Mayor Andrew
Gillum)

Johns Creek, GA (Mayor Michael Bodker)   Tempe, AZ (Mayor Mark
Mitchell)

Kansas City, MO (Mayor Sly James)       Tigard, OR (Mayor John Cook)

Knoxville, TN (Mayor Madeline Rogero)    Torrance, CA (Mayor Patrick
Furey)

Lakeland, FL (Mayor Howard Wiggs)        Trenton, NJ (Mayor Eric
Jackson)

Las Cruces, NM (Mayor Kenneth            Washington, D.C. (Mayor Muriel
Miyagishima)                            Bowser)

Las Vegas, NV (Mayor Carolyn Goodman)    West Covina, CA (Mayor
Fredrick Sykes)

Lexington, KY (Mayor Jim  Gray)          West Hollywood, CA (Mayor
Lindsey Horvath)

Lima, OH (Mayor David Berger)            West Sacramento, CA (Mayor
Christopher Cabaldon)

Little Rock, AR (Mayor Mark Stodola)     Westlake, OH (Mayor Dennis
Clough)

Livermore, CA (Mayor John Marchand)      Wilmington, DE (Mayor Dennis
Williams)

Los Altos, CA (Mayor Jan Pepper)         Woodland, CA (Mayor Tom
Stallard)

Louisville, KY (Mayor Greg Fischer)     York, PA (Mayor C Bracey)

Yuba, CA (Mayor John Dukes)

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