The Pirates and Cubs will meet in the third MLB Little League Classic on Aug. 18, 2019.
MLB, the MLBPA and Little League International announced the news Sunday night, in conjunction with the Mets-Phillies game at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. The Pirates defeated the Cardinals in the first Little League Classic in 2017.
The game will once again be televised on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”
As with the first two classics, players and coaches from both MLB teams will attend Little League Baseball World Series games and spend time with the youth players during the weekend.
Tony Clark, executive director of the MLBPA, says the classic has become a popular event with major leaguers.
“Players always enjoy the opportunity to share their passion and excitement for baseball with the talented young players competing in the Little League World Series,” Clark said (via MLB.com.) “That connection between generations of Players is the lifeblood of our game.”
“We are thrilled to return to Williamsport,” Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting said. “It was such a rewarding experience for our players and staff having played in the inaugural Classic in 2017. Our players loved the time that they were able to spend with the Little League players, both at the Little League complex and at Historic Bowman Field.
“We are proud to actively participate in the Commissioner’s ongoing efforts to grow the game and positively impact the next generation of players and fans.”