Those heading out early to Phoenix for spring training 2019 will want to check out what’s happening at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, as a high-profile collegiate tournament is on tap for the spring home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies.
Major League Baseball is launching the new MLB4 collegiate baseball tournament featuring some high-profile collegiate programs, including the Vanderbilt Commodores, University of Virginia Cavaliers, Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, and California State University, Fullerton Titans. The inaugural MLB4 tournament is scheduled for February 15-17, traditionally the college baseball season’s opening weekend, and will be located at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. With the Diamondbacks and Rockies pitchers scheduled to have reported by then, the combination of training camp and baseball tourney could be an interesting one.
Teams will play three games during the MLB4 tournament. The game between Vanderbilt and Virginia on Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. Arizona Time will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Highlights and game casts of all other MLB4 games will be available at MLB.com.
Below is the tournament schedule (all times local):
Feb. 15, 1 p.m., TCU vs. Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Vanderbilt vs. Virginia
Feb. 16, 1 p.m., Cal State Fullerton vs. Vanderbilt
Feb. 16, 5, p.m., Virginia vs. TCU
Feb. 17, 11 a.m., Vanderbilt vs. TCU
Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Cal State Fullerton vs. Virginia
“MLB is very pleased to launch the new ‘MLB4’ tournament to highlight just a touch of the great baseball being played all around our country at this time of the year,” said Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball. “College baseball is a cornerstone of our sport’s pipeline, and it is important that we continue to emphasize attention toward this segment of the game. The four programs selected to participate in this inaugural event are among the best and we are excited to bring a great product to fans in Arizona this February.”