Perfect Game, a youth baseball and softball platform and scouting service, announced it has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and Diamondbacks Events and Entertainment to move its All-American Classic to Chase Field in August 2022.
It was also announced that former Diamondbacks All-Star and World Series hero Luis Gonzalez will serve as this year’s All-American Classic Honorary Chairman.
The All-American Classic will be played 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 Perfect Game and its not-for-profit arm, the Perfect Game Cares Foundation, will also host a series of related events at Chase Field and other Phoenix-area locations on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Classic.
Over the past 19 years, Perfect Game and its Foundation have raised more than $1.5 million to support a number of child-related causes in communities hosting the All-American Classic. Complete details of the related activities taking place in Phoenix will be announced soon.
The Perfect Game All-American Classic features more than 50 of the most talented high school baseball players from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico competing for east versus west supremacy. This event, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, offers the baseball community a sneak peek at several young players destined to make their mark at the collegiate and Major League levels of the sport.
Phoenix is a fitting location to host the All-American Classic, given the Valley of the Sun serves as headquarters for Perfect Game West. Throughout the year, Perfect Game maintains a presence across the region by annually holding numerous events in Phoenix and neighboring locales, such as Peoria, Surprise, Glendale, Goodyear, Scottsdale and Mesa.
“The entire Perfect Game family is looking forward to bringing the All-American Classic to Chase Field and related events to the Phoenix area,” stated Perfect Game CEO, Brad Clement. “We also want to take this time to thank the San Diego Padres and the city of San Diego for having been wonderful hosts for twelve of the past thirteen All-American Classics, including last year’s successful event. We’re excited to provide the great baseball fans from Arizona and the entire southwest an opportunity to watch the next generation of elite baseball talent compete for territorial bragging rights at Chase Field – a world class facility.”
When Major League Baseball began its 2022 Championship Season, there were 87 Perfect Game All-American players on the opening day rosters of 28 of the 30 Major League teams. The White Sox boast the most Perfect Game All-Americans, with six, including Ryan Burr, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, Yasmani Grandal, Michael Kopech and Reese McGuire.
The rosters for the 2022 All-American Classic will be selected by a panel of talent evaluators assembled by Perfect Game and announced in July. Between now and then, high school baseball players across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will be scouted and identified through a series of tournaments and events, including the Perfect Game National Showcase.
In 2021, the East defeated the West, 9-1, as starting pitcher Dylan Lesko and nine teammates combined to throw the first no-hitter in Classic history. In all, players from the west hold a 12-7 edge over their counterparts from the east.
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