Thomas, who combined 521 home runs with a .301 lifetime batting average during his 19-year Major League career, will be joined in the broadcast booth by fellow MLB.com analysts Jeff Nelson and Jim Duquette. Nelson, a veteran of 15 Major League seasons, was a four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees. Duquette was formerly general manager of the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles.
The HotelPlanner.com NYBC brings together the 12-and-under champions of eight youth baseball organizations representing over eight million participants and four at-large selections to determine a true National Youth Baseball Champion.
CBS Sports Network will carry quarterfinal games on Saturday, August 25 (2:00 and 6:30 PM, ET) and semifinal games on Sunday, August 26 (3:00 and 6:00 PM, ET). The action begins again on Monday, August 27 (4:00 PM, ET) with the Memphis Cup, recognizing the top team among those not advancing to the championship bracket First pitch of Monday's championship game is at 7:00 PM, ET.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers on Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 (1643 in HD) and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
In addition to the national television coverage on CBS Sports Network, MLB.com will provide a live worldwide simulcast the of games via the Internet, as well as provide updated tournament coverage and archived games on demand on their youthmajors.com website.
Participating organizations and their teams selected for the championships are:
American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) - So Cal Outlaws Black of Chino Hills, CA.
Amateur Athletic Union of the United States (AAU) - Team Texas of Rusk, TX.
Babe Ruth Baseball - Competition still under way.
Dixie Youth Baseball - Hope Mills, NC.
National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) - Central Florida Gators of Altamonte Springs, FL.
PONY Baseball - Sierra Valley Storm of El Dorado, CA.
Super Series Baseball of America - Banditos Black of Tomball, TX.
United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) - Team Phenom of Moreno Valley, CA.
The at-large field includes the DQ Crushers of Conway, AR, the Germantown Giants of Germantown, TN, the Next Level Tornadoes of Plainfield, IL, and Stealth Baseball USA of New Haven, CT.
About the HotelPlanner.com National Youth Baseball Championships
The HotelPlanner.com National Youth Baseball Championships was founded by Eddie Einhorn, vice-chairman and co-owner of the Chicago White Sox. Einhorn wanted to create an opportunity for the champions of eight youth baseball organizations - "the Best of the Best" - to play for a true national championship. Bringing together eight "friendly rivals" wasn't an easy task, but Einhorn's determination, combined with his prominence among key figures in professional and amateur sports, as well as in broadcasting, prevailed. The first National Youth Baseball Championships held in 2008, was recognized as the nation's best new sports event. The annual event is hosted by Gameday Baseball's First Tennessee Fields in Memphis and "Game on in Memphis" is now the goal of youth baseball teams throughout the U.S.
About Gameday Baseball and Gameday's First Tennessee Fields
Gameday Baseball is an operating entity of the Gameday Healthy Kids Foundation. Its mission includes encouraging youth to participate in sports and reducing childhood obesity. Gameday's First Tennessee Fields feature manicured playing surfaces for ages 6 through college level. The complex features 10 lighted fields, a playground area, unequalled amenities for spectators, a main clubhouse, the Sports Cafe, and several concessions locations. Church, recreational, Minor (AA), American (AAA), National (Major) level teams, as well as middle schools, high schools, and NCAA Division I and II and NAIA baseball and softball teams play on the fields.