Dream Series inspirational for young players

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Article by Jesse Sanchez, via MLB

TEMPE, Ariz. — The sound of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s voice could be heard throughout the backfields of Tempe Diablo Stadium all weekend.

King’s “I Have a Dream” speech echoed in the batting cages and in the bullpens. His inspirational messages of hope served as the backdrop for one of the most important events in baseball.

“If I’m a Major League club, I’m putting the Dream Series on my calendar every year, because this is the start of their year,” said Tony Reagins, MLB’s executive vice president of baseball and softball development. “These kids will have a foundation to build on for their upcoming season. We think that the overall program is paying dividends, not only for Major League Baseball, but for these young kids.”

The third annual Dream Series, an initiative from MLB and USA Baseball that features a diverse group of some of the nation’s top high-school pitching and catching prospects, concluded Monday with batting practice, bullpen sessions and defensive drills at the Spring Training home of the Angels.

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