Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig delivered the keynote address at Target Field before the 2013 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series tournament on Wednesday.
While there, Selig also spoke candidly about the recent suspensions of 13 players over the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The RBI World Series was held in Minneapolis for the third time, with games at Target Field and at the University of Minnesota. The event brings kids from the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America to compete in eight regional qualifying tournaments throughout the United States and the Dominican Republic from Aug. 3 to 14.
The RBI program is an MLB youth initiative aimed at giving inner city kids the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and teach the value of teamwork. The program guides over 220,000 kids ages 13 to 18 in about 200 cities around the world. Over 200 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB teams within the last 24 years of the program's history.
Selig was joined by Twins legend Tony Oliva, Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins, and Sharon Robinson, MLB Educational Programming Consultant and daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.