MEDIA ADVISORY June 16, 2017

Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Dave Winfield Highlight the List of Former Major
League Players & Executives Scheduled to Serve as Coaches and Mentors at Event

Media Access Details Listed Below

Below are details, including information regarding media access, for the first ‘Breakthrough Series’ event held in
Chicago, Ill. This special Breakthrough Series event will be hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League
Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and USA Baseball at Curtis Granderson Stadium at the University of Illinois,
Approximately 60 minority, high school student-athletes (Graduating Classes of 2018 &
2019), representing 18 states throughout the country, will attend this event that serves as
an opportunity for on-field development as well as a showcase for professional scouts and
collegiate recruiters. Eleven players from Chicago will participate in this event. A
roster of Chicago Breakthrough Series participants accompanies this media advisory.
In addition to the on-field action, participants will receive direct instruction, insight and mentorship from an impressive
list of former Major League players, General Managers, Coaches and executives. The list includes the following:
 Ken Griffey Jr. – Baseball Hall of Famer; 13-Time MLB All-Star; 1997 A.L. MVP; Member of the Chicago White Sox
 Dave Winfield – Baseball Hall of Famer; 12-Time MLB All-Star; Advisor to the Executive Director, MLBPA
 Jerry Manuel – Former Major League Infielder; Chicago White Sox Manager (1998-2003); MLB Youth Programs
 Reggie Smith – Seven-Time MLB All-Star; 17-Year MLB Outfielder & First Baseman
 Tom “Flash” Gordon – Three-Time MLB All-Star; 21-Year MLB Pitcher
 Marquis Grissom – Two-Time MLB All-Star; 17-Year MLB Outfielder
 Mike Cameron – Former MLB All-Star; 17-Year MLB Outfielder; Member of the Chicago White Sox (1995-1998)
 Jeffrey Hammonds – Former MLB All-Star; 13-Year MLB Outfielder; Special Assistant, Player Programs and
Initiatives, MLBPA
 Marvin Freeman – 10-Year MLB Pitcher; Member of the Chicago White Sox (1996); Chicago native
 Lou Collier – Eight-Year MLB Outfielder & Infielder; Chicago native
 Dave Gallagher – Nine-Year MLB Outfielder; Member of the Chicago White Sox (1988-1990)
 John Cangelosi – 13-Year MLB Outfielder; Member of the Chicago White Sox (1985-1986)
 Luis Alicea – 13-Year MLB Infielder; former Major League Coach
 Willie Banks – Nine-Year MLB Pitcher
 Rob Picciolo – Nine-Year MLB Infielder
 Bob Didier – Six-Year MLB Catcher; former Major League Coach
 Reggie Waller – Former Major League Scout and Front Office Executive
 Tony Reagins – Senior Vice President, Youth Programs, MLB; Former GM of the Los Angeles Angels (2007-2011)
 Omar Minaya – Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, MLBPA; Former Major League GM (Montreal Expos, 2002-
2004; New York Mets, 2004-2010)


Participants will receive daily presentations from these former Major Leaguers and other industry professionals,
including members of the Chicago White Sox (on Friday, June 23rd). As with similar amateur development events
in the past, a contingent of college recruiters and professional scouts are expected to attend and evaluate players who
demonstrate potential, but may not have had the opportunity for exposure through other events.
WHERE: Les Miller Field, Curtis Granderson Stadium at UIC, 901 West Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, Ill. 60608
Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago, Ill. 60616
Wednesday, June 21st – Ken Griffey Jr. Addressing BTS Participants; Media Availabilities with BTS
Coaches (Curtis Granderson Stadium); On-Field Action
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Ken Griffey Jr. to address the players at the Field House of Curtis Granderson Stadium
9:00-9:20 a.m. – 1

st Media Availability with Chicago BTS Coaches at the Field House of Curtis Granderson

9:30-11:30 a.m. – Fielding, Hitting & Baserunning Drills
12:30-1:00 p.m. – 2

nd Media Availability with Chicago BTS Coaches near the UIC Cafeteria

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Pitching Machine Games & Bullpen Sessions
Thursday, June 22nd – Game Action
10:00 a.m.-Noon – Game #1 at Curtis Granderson Stadium
2:00-4:00 p.m. – Game #2 at Curtis Granderson Stadium
Friday, June 23rd – Game Action; BTS Visiting Guaranteed Rate Field to Meet Ken Williams and
other White Sox guests & Game Between the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s
9:05-11:05 a.m. – Game #1 at Curtis Granderson Stadium
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. – Game #2 at Curtis Granderson Stadium
5:30-6:30 p.m. – BTS Players to meet Chicago White Sox personnel, including Ken Williams (Executive Vice
President) and other White Sox special guests
7:10 p.m. – Game time for Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland A’s at Guarantee Rate Field
The diversity-focused amateur development camps, operated primarily by Major League Baseball, has expanded in
2017 to include several ‘Breakthrough Series’ events (Chicago, Ill.; Compton, Calif.; Bradenton, Fla.), the DREAM Series
and the Elite Development Invitational at Historic Dodgertown. The effort began in 2008 as a singular Breakthrough
Series event in a joint effort by MLB and USA Baseball to promote baseball as a viable collegiate and professional
option for youth from minority backgrounds. The Breakthrough Series previously has been held at the MLB Youth
Academy in Compton, California (2008-2009); USA Baseball’s National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina (2010-
2012); at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, and the Houston Astros MLB Youth Academy in Houston,
Texas (2013); and multiple locations in 2014-2016, including the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy.
Nearly 160 previous participants of the Breakthrough Series have been selected in the MLB Draft, including 16 players
in 2017. Additionally, participants in previous Breakthrough Series events have committed to collegiate baseball
programs such as Arizona State, University of Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North
Carolina, UC Irvine, USC, San Diego State, Vanderbilt and more.


Contact: Steve Arocho, Major League Baseball, (718) 614-3487,

Greg Bouris, Major League Baseball Players Association, (212) 826-0808,