LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major League Baseball’s largest developmental effort for minority players is being renamed after one of the sport’s greatest players.The Elite Development Invitational has been renamed the Hank Aaron Invitational and will include a showcase game beginning next season. The event has been held since 2015 for high-school age players to get them to the next levels of the game either on or off the field. The program has been run by Major League Baseball http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bobby-cox-jersey , the Major League Baseball Players Association and USA Baseball.The announcement was made at Dodger Stadium on Friday before Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.“It means an awful lot to me. We need someone to help shape this game into what the game is all about. And the game is about all of us, not just a few of us, but all of us who have an opportunity and a chance to play this game,” Aaron said.The Hank Aaron Invitational will be held in July and August at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Approximately 250 players ages 13 to 18 will receive training from former big league players and coaches. Recent instructors in the program have included Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Dave Winfield along with former manager Jerry Manuel.The top 44 players will then be invited to Atlanta to play in a special showcase game at SunTrust Park as part of the “Hank Aaron Week” festivities put on each year by the Braves. The program will also include presentations on college availability, potential job opportunities within the sport and visits to cultural sites around the city.“It’s been a great success for us. Being able to add Hank and his legacy is going to enhance it and bring more opportunities,” said Tony Reagins, who oversees MLB’s youth programs.Over the past four years http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-bob-uecker-jersey , the Elite Development Invitational has seen more than 100 alumni playing in the minors or in college. Five players have been drafted in the first seven rounds the past two years including Hunter Greene, who was a first-round selection by the Reds in 2017.“This has been a joint program that has truly made a difference, we believe, in not just the development of a number of young people that have come through the program on the field, but also off the field, as well,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said.According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association Participation Report from 2016, baseball participation among African-American youth was higher than football (3.8 percent to. 3.4 percent). Overall Tyler Flowers Jersey , baseball has seen a 49.1 percent increase in casual participation. Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesMilwaukee Brewers left fielder Christian Yelich is enjoying facing Cincinnati Reds pitching.A day after drilling two home runs in Tuesday's 9-7 loss, Yelich needed a mere seven innings Wednesday to hit for the cycle. The Brewers announced he is the eighth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat and the first to do so since 2011, when George Kottaras hit for the cycle against the Houston Astros.Milwaukee Brewers BrewersWith his triple in the 7th, ChristianYelich ties this game at 10 and becomes the first Brewers player to hit for the cycle since George Kottaras (9/3/11 at Houston). He is the 8th Brewers player to hit for the cycle. #ThisIsMyCrew atLiRrgnAEMLB MLBThe second CYCLE of 2018!Have a day, ChristianYelich! xrxj4DUCzhYelich singled in his first two at-bats and then went on a tear in the middle portion of Wednesday's contest by homering in the fifth, doubling in the sixth and tripling to tie the contest at 10 in the top of the seventh.It was more of the same for the first-time All-Star, who has helped carry the Brewers offense and has the team in position to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign. He entered Wednesday's contest with a slash line of .310/.373/.545, and the long ball was his career-high 26th of the season."You try to improve every year http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-cepeda-jersey , and you learn a lot about the game and yourself," he said of his impressive effort in his first year with the Brewers, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. "I think you're still learning, no matter how long you play this game. It's kind of a trial-by-fire-type deal."Milwaukee is 5.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central and 1.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for second place, but it is also in possession of the final wild-card spot in the league.If Yelich continues hitting like he has throughout the season, he will have the opportunity to impress in front of a national audience in October.