June 3, 2020

MLB, USA Baseball Introduce “Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series”

Major League Baseball will partner with USA Baseball to host the inaugural ‘Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series,’ a groundbreaking amateur development camp designed specifically for girls baseball players, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., from Thursday, May 31st until Sunday, June 3rd. The special event will host approximately 65 high school baseball players from 17 different states, Washington D.C. and Canada in a unique setting, featuring elite instruction, insight and exhibition games. Some of the nation’s top female baseball coaches and players – including current and former members of the U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team – will serve as event instructors.

In addition to the on-field action, participants will receive presentations from notable women in baseball and other industry professionals, providing information on career experiences both on and off the field as well as to encourage to continue playing the game. Similar to other MLB amateur development camps, a contingent of college recruiters and professional scouts are expected to attend and evaluate players.

The ‘Girls Baseball Breakthrough Series,’ which is an extension of the Baseball Breakthrough Series established in 2008, is completely expense-free for participants. The official hashtag for the event will be #BreakthroughSeries.

Special Guests:

Maybelle “Mae” Blair – Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player

Shirley “Hustle” Burkovich – Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player

Jeneane Lesko – Former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player

Event Instructors:

Fernando Arroyo – Former MLB Pitcher

Justine Segal – Founder, Baseball For All

Veronica Alvarez – Former U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team Member; 2018 U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team Pitching Coach

Antonio Grissom – Baseball Head Coach, Morehouse College; Former MiLB Outfielder

Robin Wallace – Former Executive Director, North American Women’s Baseball League; Scout,

Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau:

Codi Dudley – Head Coach, Falls Church High School; Member of the DC Thunder, Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference

Jennifer Hammond – Assistant Head Baseball Coach, Falls Church High School; Member of the DC Thunder, Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference

Donna Mills – Former U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team Member; MVP, 2006 Women’s World Cup

Marti Sementelli – Pitcher, U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team

Jenna Marston – Infielder, U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team

Bridget Venturi-Veenema – Former U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team Member

Josh DeVinney – Founder & Director of Operations, Girls Travel Baseball

Baseball Executives:

Tony Reagins – Executive Vice President, Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball

Kim Ng – Senior Vice President, Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball

Renée Tirado – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Major League Baseball

Jen Pawol – Umpire, Minor League Baseball

Raquel Wagner – Senior Coordinator, Umpire Operations

Alex Rigoli – Pro Scouting Assistant, Baseball Operations, Miami Marlins