COLUMBUS, GA. – JUNE 16, 2005 – Aflac announced today in a press conference with Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium in New York City that Dellin Betances, a pitcher from Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. has been named to the 2005 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic roster. At the press conference, Rodriguez presented the high schooler with his official team jersey.
Betances is a dominating 6'9 right-handed pitcher who throws in the mid 90's. This season he led his Grand Street team deep into the PSAL playoffs. During the regular season he batted .439 with a .540 on base and .610 slugging percentage. On the mound, he was unhittable, allowing only one earned run in 41.2 innings pitched. Altogether during the regular season, he went 6-0 with .17 ERA. In the playoffs, Betances went 1-0 with one save.
“The Aflac Classic is an important annual event in the landscape of the baseball world,” said New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez. “Every Major Leaguer like myself vividly remembers his high school experience, and I'm glad there is now an event that showcases the country's finest players in a celebration of youth baseball.”
The event was the eighth official stop of the 2005 Aflac National Selection Tour. The third annual Aflac Classic will showcase the country's top rising high school seniors in an East versus West match up at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., on Aug. 13, 2005.
Now in its second year, the Aflac National Selection Tour is a multi-city tour that travels to the hometowns of the Aflac All-Americans to announce their selection to the team. At each tour stop, an Aflac representative will present the players with an official game jersey and commemorative bat. Last year's tour included events at six Major League and four minor league ballparks.
As part of Aflac's ongoing commitment to the fight against childhood cancer, all game proceeds from the 2005 Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic will benefit the Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore.
“For the past three years, the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic has successfully combined sporting excitement with our core philanthropic focus,” said Al Johnson, 2nd Vice President, Advertising and Branding at Aflac. “We look forward to continuing to support the fight against pediatric cancer while showcasing America's most talented high school baseball players.”
The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is endorsed by many of the game's pillars, including Major League Baseball. Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. will serve as the game's honorary chairman for the second consecutive year.
Baseball America and Perfect Game are the official selection partners for the event and choose the players for their accomplishments both on and off the field, including their involvement in the community.
Sports America, Inc. is a sports marketing and event management firm based in Rockville, Md., which created and currently produces the Aflac Classic. Sports America also produces the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game and Jordan Classic High School All-Star Basketball Game.
To learn more about the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, including dates and stops on the official selection tour, visit www.aflacallamerican.com.
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