CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have been selected to play in the 2021 MLB Little League Classic.
The team will take on the Los Angeles Angels on August 22, 2021. The game will air on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and will serve as a home game for the Tribe.
“We're very excited to be selected for what has become a highlight of MLB’s unique lineup of annual showcase games,” said Cleveland Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti. “The future of baseball will be determined by the next generation of players and fans, so to have the opportunity to engage these young athletes to celebrate and continue to grow this great game will have a powerful and lasting impact on our organization and especially our players. It’s a young baseball player’s dream to play on the Little League World Series stage in Williamsport and only a select few get the opportunity. We look forward to bringing our Major League team to participate next August and fulfill some of those young baseball dreams we had when we were just getting started in this game.”
“Investing in the future of our game has always been a central focus for our organization,” said Los Angeles Angels Owner Arte Moreno. “We are honored to participate in this special event that unites MLB’s brightest stars with the game’s next generation.”
Players from the Angels and Indians will attend the Little League Baseball World Series games earlier that day.
MLB and the MLBPA launched the Little League Classic at Historic Bowman Field in August 2017.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the New York Mets in 2018, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs in 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 game featuring the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox was unfortunately canceled.