Ken Griffey Jr., as the All-Star Game heads to his old stomping grounds in Seattle, is going to play a big role this weekend. He’s leading the HBCU Swingman Classic for the weekend.
The Swingman Classic, which was effectively created and run by Ken Griffey Jr., was created to put more talent from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on scouting for MLB teams and hopefully become a tradition for every All-Star weekend to come. .
Ken Griffey Jr. starts HBCU Swingman Classic
Of his upcoming HBCU Swingman Classic, Ken Griffey Jr. told MLB Network:
“My dad gave back to baseball. Now it’s my turn. It’s an opportunity for these guys to be on a big stage, have fun with guys who have played the game at a high level and learn things.
The ultimate goal of this weekend is to get these players spotted. Many HBCUs are overlooked as talent pools for all sports and many have adopted methods to correct this oversight. It’s the MLB way, and Griffey leads it in Seattle.
The game will effectively be an exhibition game, but also a showcase. Two teams of 25 players each will face off in Seattle. The teams will be led by former MLB managers Bo Porter and Jerry Manuel.
It will take place on Friday, July 7 at 10:30 p.m. EST.