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Chelmsford, MA: The Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced plans today to host the collegiate national teams from the United States and Japan this July at three of the League’s ballparks.
The 41st USA vs. Japan Collegiate All–‐Star Series will be staged in Worcester, MA, Brockton, MA, and Nashua, NH while the teams are visiting New England July 11 – July 17. Before taking on Japan, the U.S. National Team will first play the Futures Collegiate Baseball League Prospect team in an exhibition matchup on July 11th at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester, home of the Worcester Bravehearts. USA and Japan will then play on July 13th in Worcester followed by a game on July 14th at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, home of the Rox. On July 17th, the two teams will make their final stop in a Futures League stadium when they play in Nashua, NH at historic Holman Stadium, home of the Silver Knights.
“The opportunity to be able to host such great talent in our ballparks is amazing,” said Futures League Commissioner Chris Hall. “Our fans will truly get to experience the future of baseball from a national and international perspective.”
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has developed some of the best players playing in Major League Baseball today such as Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg, Alex Bregman, Brandon Crawford, and Marcus Stroman. Current Boston Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia, David Price, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. and former Red Sox players Jason Varitek and Nomar Garciaparra are also alumni of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
“The Collegiate National Team is still one of our most recognizable programs as USA Baseball grows each and every year,” said Collegiate National Team General Manager Eric Campbell. “Led by John Savage at UCLA, the 2017 team will represent the very best of collegiate baseball and will be filled with future household names. This season we have another group of the top talent in the country coming in, and we are very excited and appreciative of the Futures League for hosting us and Team Japan,” Campbell continued. “Chris Hall and I have talked for many years about getting together and I hope this summer marks the start of many events.”
Worcester State University is an official sponsor of this New England tour and will serve as the headquarters for both teams during their visit.
“Any time Worcester State University can support an initiative that will economically benefit the city, we are proud to partner,” said Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney. “In this case, there is the added benefit that international residents bring to the campus experience. We look forward to hosting our visitors.”
Tickets for all games at Futures League stadiums featuring Team USA and Team Japan will go on sale Friday, June 2 at www.thefuturesleague.com. For more information, contact Futures League Commissioner Chris Hall at email@example.com.